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Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury claims his Twitter was hacked to post ‘biased’ content

Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury complained to Delhi police on Saturday that his social media account was hacked in the morning by unknown individuals. A tweet was posted from Chowdhury’s account that shared Rajiv Gandhi’s infamous words justifying the 1984 anti-Sikh pogrom.

In the complaint filed at the South Avenue Police Station, Chowdhury said unscrupulous and biased content was posted from his Twitter account while he was busy with the party agenda and not carrying his cellphone.

“The content posted smacks of malevolence and I believe my Twitter account has been hacked by some malefactors, for the reasons they know best,” he said on May 21.

On the 31st anniversary of Rajiv Gandhi’s death, Chowdhury’s Twitter account this morning paid tribute to the former prime minister by sharing his infamous words ‘when a great tree falls, the ground shakes’ uttered by him following the Sikh pogrom that followed the assassination of Indira Gandhi in 1984.

The infographic shared on Twitter contained photos of Rajiv Gandhi and Chaudhury and read “Remembering Rajiv Gandhi on his death anniversary”. The post also contained the controversial comment which was seen as a brazen vindication of the horrific wave of violence unleashed against Sikhs after two Sikh bodyguards assassinated then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.

Later, the Congress leader deleted said infographic and posted a similar image with the edited quote. This time the quote read, “Development is not about factories, dams and roads. Development is about people. the objective is the material, cultural and spiritual development of the people. The human factor is of supreme value in development”.

Furthermore, in a series of tweets, the Congress leader also distanced himself from the infographic which quoted Rajiv Gandhi’s infamous comment after the Sikh genocide. “The tweet against my name in the tweeter account has nothing to do with my own observation. A malicious campaign is being propagated by forces hostile to me,” Chowdhury tweeted.

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In the police complaint, Chowdhury urged authorities to take immediate notice of the matter and seal the unidentified defendant’s IP address. He also asked the police to identify the accused and take appropriate action under the cyber law.

Rajiv Gandhi’s infamous commentary

On November 19, 1984, while delivering a speech to thousands of people, then-Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi justified the violence that followed the assassination of Indira Gandhi. He said, “Iab bhi koi bada ped girta hai, to dharti thodi hilti hai. (When a big tree falls, the earth shakes.)”

By the way, this isn’t the first time a Congressman handle has shared these words on Twitter. In 2016, the Congress of West Bengal also shared these words from their official Twitter account. Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury is also from Bengal.