It’s not that rare for Indian politicians or journalists to face nasty trolls on social media platforms these days. Trolls particularly owing allegiance to the Hindutva brigade have lately earned quite a notoriety in giving grief to the political opponents or critics of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
While doing so, these trolls have cared very little about morality or human values. Some of these trolls, allegedly on the payroll of the BJP’s IT cell, have in the past rejoiced the murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh and called her bitch. One such troll Jagrati Shukla was later rewarded with a job in the government-owned Lok Sabha TV as a consultant.
On Sunday, police in Jammu and Kashmir shot dead an intruder, who had rammed into the house of National Conference MP Farooq Abdullah with his car before allegedly starting to vandalise the property. Abdullah, also a former chief minister of the state, was in Delhi to attend the ongoing monsoon session of the parliament when the intruder was killed inside his house on the stairs leading to his bedrooms.
Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah was targeted by a Hindutva troll, who wrote, “Sir, Please say that “My Father is No more. Misguided intruder was able to kill him by hitting with car.” Please sir.”
The troll, identified as Neha Pandey, is followed by former Delhi government minister Kapil Mishra and has Twitter followers in excess of 4,000.
Responding to the troll, Omar replied, “I can’t oblige you. What I can & will do is wish you good health & a long life while also reporting your hateful/threatening tweet to @Twitter @TwitterIndia.”
— Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) August 4, 2018
The sick troll, when condemned by other users, defended her action saying that wishing for the former chief minister’s death was not a crime.