Can lead to imprisonment along with fine
Now raising a false alarm and claim is punishable offence and can lead to imprisonment along with fine. The misappropriation of money and materials meant for providing relief and raise false alarm can also lead the offender to behind the bars which can extend upto two years.
The whole country is under lockdown to fight against the deadly COVID 19 and now the Ministry of Home Affairs, government of India issued consolidated guidelines for containmnet of virus after the lockdown period remain in force upto 3rd May 2020. The guidelines also issues strict warning to the people for raising false alarms and any other punishable offences during such difficult times.
Any person makes a false claim for obtaining any relief, assistance, repair, reconstruction or other benefits consequent to disaster will be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to two years, and also with fine. Person misappropriate money or materials meant for providing relief in any threatening disaster situation for his own use shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to two years and also with fine.
People makes or circulates a false alarm or warning leading to panic shall be punished with imprisonment which may extend to one year or with fine. Other than this the government issued Offences and Penalties for Violation of Lockdown Measures for obstructs any officer or employee of the Central Government or the State Government, or a person authorized by the National Authority or State Authority or District Authority in the discharge of his functions, Offences by Departments, Officer refuses to perform the duties, any person contravenes any order made under section 65 and Offence by companies.