Bengaluru: A 25-year-old techie working in Infosys was arrested by the Central Crime Branch on Friday. He was arrested for his Facebook post on COVID-19. 

Mujeeb Mohammed had put up a Facebook post asking people to sneeze in public and spread the coronavirus. He wrote, "Let's join hands, go out and sneeze with an open mouth in public. Spread the virus."

Joint commissioner of police (crime) Sandeep Patil said, "A 25-year-old man uploaded a post on social media telling people to go and sneeze in public. The post has been taken down. The man works in a software company. He is a resident of Bengaluru and worked in a senior position in the company."

On March 26, Infosys had tweeted, “We are deeply concerned with an inappropriate post being attributed to an Infosys employee. We strongly reaffirm our commitment to responsible social-sharing. Our preliminary enquiry, and discussions with our employees suggest that this could be a case of mistaken identity."

After the investigation, the company tweeted, "Infosys has completed its investigation on the social media post by one of its employees and we believe that this is not a case of mistaken identity."

"Infosys has a zero tolerance policy towards such acts and has accordingly, terminated the services of the employee,” the company tweeted on Friday night.