Mumbai Police trolled for ‘trolling’ Uday Chopra on marijuana tweet


The Mumbai Police has often earned plaudits for its quirky social media posts and how it has used Twitter to send messages for maintaining law and order in the financial capital of India.

However, it found itself subjected to incessant trolling on Saturday after it decided to ‘troll’ actor Uday Chopra for his tweet on marijuana. Chopra, in his tweet, had written, “I feel India should legalize marijuana. Firstly, It’s part of our culture. Secondly, I think if legalized and taxed it can be a huge revenue source. Not to mention it will remove the criminal element associated with it. Plus and most importantly it has a lot of medical benefits!”

In his subsequent tweet, the Dhoom actor clarified that he did not use marijuana and was merely mooting the idea since it was a ‘wise move, given our history with the plant.’

Chopra found plenty of support to his idea on the microblogging site. But, his tweet did not go down well with the Mumbai Police even though he was only floating an idea. The tweet posted by the Mumbai Police bluntly read, “Sir,as citizen of India,you are privileged to express your view on a public platform. Be mindful,as of now, consumption, possession and transportation of marijuana, invites harsh punishment as per provisions of Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act,1985. Spread the Word.”

However, the Mumbai Police began to get trolled by social media users for exceeding its brief. User Geetanjali Singh wrote, “With all due respects,MP,please do concentrate on first ensuring law&order among goonda rickshaw drivers misbehaving with ladies in Mumbai, rather than rebutting citizens expressing their fundamental right of freedom of thought on social media.” User Nitin wrote, “Having said that, I hope talking about legalizing marijuana still isn’t a crime and will not attract negative consequences?”

“He’s giving an idea not telling anybody to consume Marijuana. This is unnecessary trolling by police handle,” wrote user Appu Pandey. User DJ wrote, “There is no reason @MumbaiPolice should act as vigilante. He just expressed his views with regards to benefits of Marijuana. And you folks are all acting hyper. Ban alcohol and cigarettes then first.”

Undeterred by criticism, the Mumbai Police decided to pin its tweet, posted in response to Chopra’s social media post.