Mumbai police ‘owns’ Shobha De on Twitter after her ‘misplaced’ tweet
In a rare occurrence, Mumbai Police’s official Twitter handle trolled columnist Shobha De on Tuesday, after she mocked them by posting an image of an overweight policeman.
De, who has seen a fair share of controversies in the past, took to her micro-blogging account earlier today and posted the picture of an obese policeman, seemingly on ‘bandobast’ for the BMC elections.
“Heavy police bandobast in Mumbai today,” De tweeted.
While the tweet did manage to get a few laughs, the best response came from Mumbai police’s official twitter handle.
“We love puns too Ms De but this one is totally misplaced. Uniform/official not ours. We expect better from responsible citizens like you,” they tweeted.
We love puns too Ms De but this one is totally imisplaced. Uniform/official not ours. We expect better from responsible citizens like you. https://t.co/OcKOoHO5bX
— Mumbai Police (@MumbaiPolice) February 21, 2017
The account, which has over 17 lakh followers, is handled by a dedicated team of professionals. While the team has been lauded for their clever social messages, they seldom respond or rather ‘troll’ someone on the social network.
After Mumbai police’s tweet, hundreds of netizens followed suit and trolled De for her irresponsible post. The tweet has received near six thousand retweets/likes as of writing this.
Incidentally, this is not the first time De’s tweet has backfired. During the Rio Olympics, the author had also mocked Indian athletes for failing to win medals and wasting money.
“Goal of Team India at the Olympics: Rio jao. Selfies lo. Khaali haat wapas aao. What a waste of money and opportunity,” De had tweeted.
The tweet had been universally criticized by everyone, including noted sports persons, on Twitter. Another time, she had advised Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj to “tweet less”, who in turn responded by asking the writer to follow the same “resolution”.
While Mumbai police did manage to one up the columnist this time, it is imperative to note that the city’s cops are indeed battling serious health issues, many of which have been brought on by obesity.
Back in 2016, the untimely death of a 45-year-old police officer, from Jogeshwari police station, had raised serious questions about the health of Mumbai’s police force.
Later a medical checkup of 18,000 policemen revealed that heart problems and increased stress levels had become the most common factors affecting their health. At least 78 city policemen have died since 2014 because of heart attacks.
Update: De’s response to Mumbai police.
Mumbai/Maharashtra Police, pranaam. No offence intended. M.P. police, consult a dietician,if it’s an asli ,undoctored image doing the rounds
— Shobhaa De (@DeShobhaa) February 22, 2017