How Delhi police officers quickly ended rumors of riots

NEW DELHI: Days after the large-scale riots in northeastern Delhi, the national capital once again became nervous on Sunday night when rumors quickly spread through social networks about violence in different parts of the city. Such was the impact of rumors that Delhi Metro closed seven stations for a short time as a precaution.

The first rumors were heard around 7.30 p.m. about violence in the Madanpur Khadar area, in southeast Delhi, near the Shaheen Bagh protest site. This was soon followed by social media posts about clashes in Tilak Nagar, in western Delhi, and neighboring areas. Reports also began to float about violence in other places, including Faridabad. However, Delhi police acted quickly this time through quick social media posts and other measures. Police also arrested two people accused of rumors.

Most of the rumors spread through WhatsApp and Twitter groups. DCP West Delhi was one of the first police officers to react. At 8.17 p.m., the DCP tweeted: “Rumor is the greatest enemy. Rumor has it that there is some tension in the Khyala-Raghubir Nagar area of ​​the western district. There is no truth behind this. Everyone must remain calm as the situation is absolutely normal and peaceful.

At 8.32 p.m., two posts on the Delhi police Twitter account asked people not to fall into rumors and not to resend unverified messages while remaining calm.