Chinese man arrested for online rumour

A Chinese man was arrested in southwest Guizhou Province for sparking a `rumour` on his microblog, which went viral, claiming that six men broke out from a prison and were on a rampage killing and raping women.

Last Updated: Aug 13, 2013, 14:08 PM IST

Beijing: A Chinese man was arrested in southwest Guizhou Province for sparking a `rumour` on his microblog, which went viral, claiming that six men broke out from a prison and were on a rampage killing and raping women.

The man surnamed Zhang will be held in police custody for three days, state-run Xinhua news agency reported today.

Zhang alleged on Tencent Weibo, the Twitter-like microblogging service last weekend that six inmates had escaped from a prison in less than one month.

He also reportedly claimed that they killed 78 women and raped 16 others in the city of Guiyang, Guizhou`s capital.

Police in Guiyang said they did not receive any reports related to these claims.

Zhang was later arrested in the city of Zunyi.

Zhang has confessed to fabricating the information, the Xinhua report said.

PTI