Cassian Baliarsingh

Social media has been abuzz with reports of the newly formed BJP government in Odisha banning liquor sales across the state from Independence Day i.e. August 15. There have been several reports of CM Mohan Majhi’s big decision to ban liquor sales in Odisha.

However, the Odisha government has clarified that the post about the ban on liquor sales across the state is completely fake. Putting an end to all such reports, the I&PR Dept appealed to all the citizens to be aware of such fake news and not get misled by such rumours.

“Be aware of such fake news circulating on social media. Always focus on information provided by official sources. Please refrain from spreading such false rumours. It is illegal,” said I&PR Dept through a social media post.

The department also warned that posting such fake news was illegal and asked people to refrain from spreading rumours.
The fake post on social media stated the state government would impose a blanket ban on Indian Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL) and country liquor from August 15. All the shops selling the IMFL and country liquor would be closed from Independence Day, the fake post read.

The fake post soon went viral, evoking strong reactions from the people with many condemning the government believing it to be true.

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