A 30-year-old man was forced to carry out a protest outside a police station holding a placard saying he is not a terrorist, after rumours were spread on WhatsApp branding him so.
Saeed Ali Khan lodged a complaint on Tuesday regarding messages and photos, he says, were posted on the mobile application branding him a terrorist, an official at Virar police station said on Wednesday.
The matter is being looked into and further action will be taken after through investigation, police said.
Khan claimed that police initially refused to take his complaint, following which he, along with his family members, staged a protest in front of the police station.
During the protest, Khan and his family members held placards with message ‘My name is Saeed Sher Ali Khan. I am not terrorist’.
Khan, who also submitted the photos and messages along with his complaint, said the problem began after he refused to pay extra maintenance fee sought by his landlord.
A resident of Gopchadpada in Virar, Khan alleged that a man, claiming to be the landlord of the building where he lives, demanded Rs 2,000 as maintenance.
“After I refused, he threatened me and also set my tempo on fire,” he alleged.
“The man then posted a photo of mine on WhatsApp with a message that I am a terrorist. If anyone finds me they should catch me and hand me over to police,” Khan said.
“Now, I face problems while venturing out as locals look at me suspiciously,” he rued.