Writer and columnist Shobhaa De landed herself in controversy, as she tweeted a photograph of a fat policeman on Tuesday with a caption “Heavy police bandobast in Mumbai today!”. After getting flak from all quarters, she clarified, “consult a dietician,if it’s an asli ,undoctored image doing the rounds”.
Here’s the tweet that invited everyone’s ire:
Heavy police bandobast in Mumbai today! pic.twitter.com/sY0H3xzXl3— Shobhaa De (@DeShobhaa) February 21, 2017
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) went to polls on Tuesday. There was heavy police presence across the city to ensure the voting went on smoothly.
The Mumbai police Twitter handle, which has more than 1.74 million followers, did not take the comment lying down.
The team responded: “We love puns too Ms De but this one is totally imisplaced. Uniform/official not ours. We expect better from responsible citizens like you.”
We love puns too Ms De but this one is totally imisplaced. Uniform/official not ours. We expect better from responsible citizens like you. https://t.co/OcKOoHO5bX— Mumbai Police (@MumbaiPolice) February 21, 2017
Twitter was abuzz with reaction.
Very happy that @MumbaiPolice gave it back to Ms.De.— Nandita Iyer (@saffrontrail) February 21, 2017
After being trolled, De put up another tweet saying no offence was intended.
Mumbai/Maharashtra Police, pranaam. No offence intended. M.P. police, consult a dietician,if it's an asli ,undoctored image doing the rounds— Shobhaa De (@DeShobhaa) February 22, 2017
During the Olympics last year as well, Twitterati rose in unison against De after she took a dig at the Indian contingent for failing to meet a win.
“Goal of Team India at the Olympics: Rio jao. Selfies lo. Khaali haat wapas aao. What a waste of money and opportunity,” she had tweeted.