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School boy creates UP DGP’s fake Twitter handle, orders speedy probe in brother’s case

A Class 10 boy created Uttar Pradesh DGP OP Singh’s fake Twitter handle and instructed Gorakhpur’s SSP to expedite a cheating case in which the boy’s elder brother had fallen victim to

Gorakhpur: A student of Class 10 created Uttar Pradesh Director General of Police (DGP) OP Singh’s fake Twitter handle and instructed Gorakhpur’s Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) to expedite a cheating case in which the boy’s elder brother was involved.

The boy said that a man, Sadiq Ansari from Maharajganj, had taken Rs 45,000 from his brother, promising him a job in Dubai but later turned his back. Eevn though his family visited the Gulharia Bazaar police station and lodged a complaint about the fraud, no action was taken, he alleged.

The boy then decided to get back at the fraud by creating a fake account. On being presses, the boy informed that he got the idea from another boy of his village, and created the Twitter handle using his friend’s phone, said cyber cell inspector Arun Kumar Singh. Luckily, police officials took swift action and the fraud even returned Rs 30,000, assuring the family that he will return the rest of the money within some time.

The incident which had taken place a month ago, and eventually came to light after Gorakhpur police took notice of the DGP’s tweet without knowing it was generated from a fake account and prompted the Maharajganj police to take action against the accused.

The case of the fake Twitter handle was busted when Gorakhpur police updated the DGP on the fraud. The DGP confirmed that he had tweeted no such matter, and reported the matter to the Hazratganj police in Lucknow and subsequently a case was registered. Only after this, the entire case came under scrutiny.

The boy and his friend who were questioned by the police and quizzed by the cyber cell inspector were let off with a warning that doing any such thing in the near future would land them in trouble.

DGP OP Singh informed that the children were let off with a warning as he didn’t want to jeopardise their lives. Thereafter, keeping this incident in mind, State police chief ’s Public Relations Officer (PRO) Rahul Srivastava said that Twitter users may file complaints if they find any fake Twitter accounts under public officer’s name at UPPViralCheck.

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Lahari Basu

Lahari Basu is a Senior Sub-editor for DBPOST and is based in Delhi. Contact this editor at lahari.basu@dbcorp.in.