Veteran Congress leader and MP Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury claimed that his social media account was hacked after a tweet on his official handle with a picture of Rajiv Gandhi and the phrase “When a big tree falls, the ground shakes” shocked everyone. The post made on the death anniversary of the former Prime Minister was soon deleted. However, the screenshot of the tweet went viral.
Chowdhury claimed that he was speaking at a party office in Murshidabad district of West Bengal when the tweet was posted. He called it a “malicious propaganda” and complained that the content of the post had nothing to do with his observations.
“My observations have nothing to do with tweets against my name on my Twitter account. For me, a hateful propaganda has been spread by hateful forces, ”Chowdhury wrote on his social media handle.
He said a complaint regarding alleged ‘cyber crime’ had been lodged with the South Avenue Police Station in New Delhi. Speaking to PTI, Chowdhury said it was an attempt to tarnish the image of him and his party.
“The post is malicious and I believe my Twitter account has been hacked by some wrongdoers because they are the most known. I, therefore, request your good spirit to consider this immediate complaint immediately and please search and seal the IP address and take appropriate action against cyber crime as soon as possible with law and obligation, “he said in the police complaint.
On the 31st death anniversary of Rajiv Gandhi, the tweet blaming Chowdhury for the official handle created a huge controversy as it evoked painful memories of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots that claimed nearly 2,000 lives in Delhi. Rajiv Gandhi was famously blamed for the ‘big tree falls’ remark by his Sikh bodyguards for justifying the riots after the assassination of his mother Indira Gandhi.