Fact Check: Viral Claim About Lockdown And Internet Shutdown In Rajasthan Due To REET Exam Is FAKE

It is being claimed on social media that in the view of the REET exam, a lockdown has been imposed in the state of Rajasthan and internet services have been shut down. Rajasthan Eligibility Examination for Teacher (REET) will be conducted on September 26, 2021. 

A post shared on Facebook reads, “सम्पूर्ण राजस्थान में लॉक डाउन एवं इंटरनेट बन्द. रीट परीक्षा को मद्देनजर रखते हुए राज्य सरकार द्वारा सम्पूर्ण राजस्थान में तीन दिन का लॉक डाउन एवं इंटरनेट बन्द  घोषित किया गया है …नकल को रोकने के लिए एक जिले से दूसरे जिले जाने के लिए आमजन,मजदूरों को रोक रहेगी स्टूडेंट्स के अलावा इमरजेंसी सेवा वाले वाहनों व सरकारी अधिकारियों को भी छूट दी गयी है एवं सभी व्यापारिक प्रतिष्ठान, स्कूल,कॉलेज,कोचिंग संस्थान पूर्णतया बन्द रहेंगे लॉक डाउन व इंटरनेट बन्द के आदेश दिनांक 24 सितंबर शाम 5 बजे से 26 सितंबर शाम 7 बजे तक प्रभावी रहेंगे” 

English translation: Lockdown and internet shutdown in entire Rajasthan. Keeping in view of the REET exam, a three-day lockdown and internet shutdown have been declared by the state government in the whole of Rajasthan. Emergency service vehicles and government officials have also been exempted and all business establishments, schools, colleges, coaching institutes will remain completely closed, the orders of lockdown and internet shutdown will be effective from 5 pm on September 24 to 7 pm on September 26.

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FACT CHECK 

NewsMobile fact-checked the above claim and found it to be FALSE. 

Starting with our investigation, we did a keyword search and found many news articles that stated, “REET Exam 2021: Rajasthan Police debunks fake news about Lockdown & internet shutdown during the exam.” 

According to another article published on September 20, 2021, “The Rajasthan Police has made an important announcement for all the candidates who are ready to appear for REET 2021 on September 26. The state police have released an alert against a piece of fake news in connection with the REET exam that is being circulated on social media.” 

Taking a cue from this, we searched and found the tweet by Rajasthan Police dated September 20, 2021. The tweet text translates to, “#FakeNews Alert – please pay attention! #REET2021. The news of lockdown and internet shutdown in the state being circulated on social media regarding the examination is baseless and misleading. Broadcasting of fake news is punishable by law.”

We also found a tweet by Jaipur Police dated September 19, 2021, in which it was also clarified that “No guidelines have been issued regarding lockdown and internet shutdown in entire Rajasthan. Please do not spread such rumours and do not pay attention to such rumours, otherwise, legal action will be taken against those who spread rumours.” 

Thus, it becomes evident from the above information that the viral claim about lockdown and internet shutdown in Rajasthan due to the REET exam is false. 

 

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