Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan in a press meet today acknowledged that there are many fake news mongers across the state who are trying to make use of the lockdown situation and spread fear among people, forcing them to come out of their homes and thereby flout lockdown protocol. False stories about thieves, a superhuman called Black Man, etc have spread in every district. Malappuram, Thrissur, Kozhikode districts have many such false claims floating about.

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Such rumours spread fear among the public which forces them to step out and keep vigil in the night. 

The chief minister said that he and his force will go into the roots of such fake news and those who spread such news will face strict action.

People getting out of their homes and going into vigilante mode to catch the superhuman walking around in the night is causing fresh headaches to police.

On one side, police are trying to make people not step out of their homes. Now, such fake news is causing anxiety among people. He said that the state police are taking all possible steps to find out from where such news and stories are originating.