After a tweet from a woman in Ghaziabad on Friday about a man threatening to commit suicide, the UP Police sprang to action and prevented the man from taking the extreme step.
The incident came to light on Friday when Meenakshi, a local journalist who also runs an NGO, spotted a message on WhatsApp where one Vasim posted a message that he was going to commit suicide.
“I immediately posted a message in the group and persuaded him not to go ahead with the suicide. Other group members also asked him not to take the drastic step. I tried calling his number but he did not pick up. Immediately, I sent a tweet to @Uppolice and also sent them Vasim’s number in order to help him out,” Meenakshi said.
The UP Police’s ‘Twitter Sewa’ was launched on Thursday.
Meenakshi tagged the UP police and tweeted, “@Uppolice +91xxxxxx6652 ye no kisi vasim ka hai jo group mein suicide karne k liye msg de raha hai (sic) (This number is of one Vasim who has sent a message in the group for committing suicide).”
Within the next 18-20 minutes, the UP police sent a communication to Ghaziabad district police and also tweeted back to Meenakshi that police will immediately get in touch with the man.
Following the tweet, the Ghaziabad police informed Kavi Nagar police station, who in turn directed the then Shastri Nagar police-post in-charge sub-inspector, Rinku kumar, to get in touch with the man.
“As soon as I got the information, I called up Vasim and told him to wait at his house as I would be reaching him at the earliest. Instead, he arrived at the police post within 15 minutes and said that he was upset because of several people from whom he had taken loan on interest,” Kumar said.
He said that he has already repaid a lot of loan amount but the lenders had levied high interest and demand a big amount from him. “He was very upset. After talking to him at length, I persuaded him not to take such a step and told him about the repercussions. I explained to him that his three children, wife and parents need his support,” Kumar added.
Finally, after counselling, Vasim gave it in written that he will not think about taking such a step in the future. The police also asked him to lodge a police complaint against the persons who gave him loan so that they can make further inquiries.