Mumbai Police on Thursday caught a Rajasthan government’s IAS officer spreading fake news, published by a right-wing propaganda website.
Sanjay Dixit, a civil servant known for his support for right-wing politics, had posted a link to an obscure Hindutva fake news factory, OpIndia, from his official Twitter account. While posting the link Dixit wrote, “Bollywood D grade actor, fasadi and serial abuser @AjazkhanActor was invited as chief guest for an event by @MumbaiPolice.”
Mumbai Police were quick to declare that Dixit was indulging in fake news propaganda. The official Twitter handle of Mumbai cops, which is also known for its quirky posts, gave a public dressing down to Dixit in its own inimitable style. It wrote, “Poor general knowledge alert! Poor research alert! Careless tweeting alert! Let us know after U finish researching, if U could manage finding which city’s Police this is! Clue- NOT one of us! Disclaimer : Mumbai Police neither organised such event nor was part it.”
Actor Ajaz Khan had posted a tweet expressing his anguish over Sridevi’s death. A right-wing Twitter troll later claimed that Khan had copied her tweet. This prompted Khan to post an expletives-laden tweet against the right-wing troll, who then tagged the Mumbai Police pleading for action against the actor.
Meanwhile, Mumbai Police also tagged Khan to clarify that the cops in the photo tweeted by him were not part of them. This was in response to Khan’s tweet thanking the Mumbai Police for inviting him as the chief guest of an event. It said, “We appreciate your gratitude for the efforts of @MumbaiPolice for the wellbeing of the city, but misplaced gratitude barely serves any purpose. Kindly recollect correctly who were you invited by and where, because we were not there.”
We appreciate your gratitude for the efforts of @MumbaiPolice for the wellbeing of the city, but misplaced gratitude barely serves any purpose. Kindly recollect correctly who were you invited by and where, because we were not there. https://t.co/QOg9NyNHcz
— Mumbai Police (@MumbaiPolice) March 1, 2018
Khan is known for his criticism for Hindutva politics and has been very vocal against the policies of the Centre’s Narendra Modi government.