Mumbai: Food stall operator held for tweeting from fake social media account, sending RPF on wild goose chase | Mumbai News – Times of India


MUMBAI: A food stall operator from Lokmanya Tilak Terminus (LTT) was arrested by the Railway Protection Force (RPF) for opening a fake Twitter account, in the name of a woman, and tweeting alerts, many of which turned out to be fake later.
RPF officials said the Twitter posts had surged in the past month which prompted them to launch an inquiry into the identity of the user. Devendra Singh, the vendor, posted an apology on Tuesday before he was taken into custody.
Singh worked on LTT’s platform no. 2 at a licenced railway food stall. He started a Twitter account ‘PadmaPandey18’ in September 2020. Initially, he only posted pictures of a Bollywood actress. But soon he started a tirade of complaints using the Twitter account.
“The complaints pertained to illegal activities such as unauthorised sale of tickets, illegal vendors, or train display boards. He would tag the Railway Ministry in his posts and at times, the Railway Minister as well,” said a senior RPF officer.
Two days ago, he tweeted about a samosa seller who was operating at LTT without a mask and was allegedly abusive.
RPF responded to his message that they couldn’t find the samosa seller, at which he rebuked the personnel in a separate post.
The cyber cell of the RPF was then asked to conduct an inquiry and find out who the Twitter user was.
“It was established that Singh had been tweeting as Padma Pandey. His cellphone was examined and evidence was found,” said an officer.
Singh said he held a grudge against the samosa seller and had tweeted in the hope that he would get into trouble with the authorities.

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