A Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) student was detained for allegedly sending threatening messages to the family members of Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh on social media.
According to a report in Mumbai Mirror, the 21-year-old student was influenced by the Republic TV’s reports on actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s death and that impacted his opinion about the Mumbai Police, the Crime Branch said.
“The Mumbai Police Commissioner and his family members have been getting all kinds of messages via social media and on phone for the past few weeks. They ignored most of them. However, in the last few days, the student sent several messages on social media to a close family member of the police commissioner asking him to advise the city police chief to keep quiet or they have other ways to ‘shut him up’,” said a police official.
However, Param Bir Singh has not lodged any complaint against the student after he apologised, and his family requested the police not to be harsh.
Mumbai Police Commissioner said, “We let the 21-year-old go considering his family background and his future. He told us that he had been watching Republic TV for the last few days. This should be an eye-opener to people – how the poisonous coverage on some channels has been affecting young minds. We have also found that several fake accounts have been opened on social media just to defame the Mumbai Police.”
The student’s father said, “It was a mistake on my son’s part; he got carried away. We are thankful to the police commissioner and his family members for giving him a chance to start afresh.”