Goa, Apr 19: Goa Police has arrested a man for spreading fake information on the condition of Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, who has gone to the United States for treatment of a pancreatic ailment. The Crime Branch took the action.

Several reports of his health condition have been circulating on social media and WhatsApp groups. This is the first time the law enforcement agency has sought to put an end to rumour mongering regarding Parrikar’s health.

A BJP leader said on Monday that the Chief Minister was fine and was improving, but he will travel back to India only when the doctors allow him to.

“The chief minister is responding well to treatment and is on the path to recovery. Parrikar would head back to Goa after doctors treating him in the US allow him to,” BJP leader and Curchorem MLA Nilesh Cabral told a press conference.

The MLA said that he was in touch with Parikkar through the phone.

“The CMO has been issuing statements time and again about his health. I have spoken to him (Parrikar) seven times in the last one-and-half months and every time I called, he had attended the call. I can assure you that he is getting well,” said Cabral.

Earlier this week, a delegation of Congress leaders visited the state governor Mridula Sinha and put forward their demand that Parrikar’s regular health updates must be provided by the government.

In February, Goa CM Parrikar had complained of stomach pain and was admitted to Lilavati Hospital. He later left for the US for further treatment.