Mumbai: The Bhoiwada police have booked a Bharatiya Janata Party spokesperson of Mumbai for allegedly defaming and spreading rumours on Twitter.
The BJP Mumbai spokesperson Suresh Nakhua had tweeted a video stating an alive man was taken to a crematorium by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).
According to the police, Nakhua, a resident of Ghatkopar, had uploaded a video on his Twitter account on Tuesday, which purportedly showed a man being taken to a crematorium in an ambulance covered in a PPE kit.
"This is beyond shocking. A LIVING man taken to cremation centre by BMC. I think there might be some #MahaVasuliTarget from cremation centres by #MahaVasuliAghadi govt," Nakhua said in his tweet.
Following the tweet, the civic body and the state government and the state government had to face a lot of criticism on social media since the tweet went viral.
The BMC officials inquired about the details of the video from Nakhua and asked to share the details however they claimed that Nakhua allegedly did not give any details.
The BMC officials had then approached the Bhoiwada police with the complaint stating that no such incident took place in Mumbai and the video could be from a different place.
The Bhoiwada police then issued a notice to Nakhua on Wednesday and had summoned him to the police station for recording his statement on Thursday morning.
On Wednesday, Nakhua had tweeted that "It seems after targetting Sameet Thakkar and Sunaina Holey, Maharashtra Govt is after me. In last 24 hours they have deployed BMC JMC, DMC, Medical Officers, Police Insps of Bhoiwada, Sakinaka police stns to question me. I am here and going nowhere.,"
In another tweet on Thursday at 12:49 pm he apologised on Twitter stating that,"I had uploaded a video on 20/04/2021 showing a living man being taken to crematorium. I was not aware of the location of the incident and could not verify it. This video was tweeted as it disturbed me immensely & to alert the authorities. @mybmc @CPMumbaiPolice ," in another tweet he said he did not intend to cause panic among public.