The Criminal Investigations Department has arrested a 42-year-old in Gelioya for spreading misinformation on social media.
After investigating the individuals Facebook account, Police uncovered he had been creating posts with information on incidents of alleged deforestation in Sri Lanka’s forests reserves.
However, Police said the pictures used in those posts were taken when individuals were clearing privately owned land in the area.
Accordingly, Police said the individual was arrested under charges of spreading misinformation on social media.
He added that the individual was a State worker in land dispute resolution, and will be produced before the Colombo Magistrates Court tomorrow.