'Congress Toolkit': Delhi Police team visits Twitter India office, finds no one

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New Delhi : Delhi Police team on Monday evening landed at Twitter India's office after serving a notice to the social media giant for allegedly marking BJP leader Sambit Patra's tweet on Congress' toolkit as manipulated media.

The cops said that they reached Twitter India office in South Delhi and Gurugram to hand the notice inperson after they found the company's replies 'ambiguous'. The government defended the move and said this is the third notice to the company.

"Instead of cooperating with law enforcement, Twitter has tried to play victim by mischievously overplaying a routine procedure this time," said government sources.

The visit "was necessitated as we wanted to ascertain who is the right person to serve a notice, as replies by Twitter India Managing Director have been very ambiguous," said the Delhi Police.

According to visuals available on media channels, the cops were seen reaching the office premises which were closed due to lockdown enforced in the national capital and Haryana. Most of the company’s employees are currently working from home.

The case involves BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra's tweet on May 18, shared by several party leaders, which had several screenshot of Congress' toolkit to defame PM Narendra Modi in fight against coronavirus. The Congress wrote to Twitter saying the alleged "toolkit" was fake and forged letterheads had been used in the screenshots in circulation.

On Thursday evening, the company marked Sambit Patra's tweet as manipulated media. The next day, the government wrote a stern letter asking Twitter to remove the tag as the "toolkit" was still being investigated.

"Delhi Police is inquiring into a complaint in which a clarification is sought from the Twitter regarding the classification of a tweet by Sambit Patra as 'manipulative'. It appears that Twitter has some information which is not known to us, on the basis of which they have classified it as such. This information is relevant to the enquiry. Special Cell which is conducting the enquiry wants to find out the truth. Twitter, which has claimed to know the underlying truth, should clarify," said a Delhi Police spokesperson.

Delhi Police has not shared any details about the complaint and complainant.