After a Facebook post threatening to kill Assam Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma went viral, a man, who has been accused of sharing the post, has lodged a complaint with the Guwahati Police.
On October 30th, 2019, a Facebook post targeting Sarma shared by one user identified as Rajiv Hunter Rahman surfaced on social media. In the post, Rahman hurled abuses at the Minister and threatened to kill him within 10 days. The post was written in Assamese language.
However, Rahman claimed that the post was not shared or published by him on his Facebook timeline. Speaking to media, Rahman claimed that it was an ‘act of copy-paste’.
“My account was not hacked. I have neither shared nor deleted any such post from my Facebook account. I was unaware of it until I started receiving messages from friends and well-wishers. Somebody used my Facebook DP, pasted the post separately and circulated the image on social media making it look like I posted the message. My photograph, name was used and the message was added separately to ruin my image,” Rahman said.
He along with his wife has lodged an FIR at Crime Branch and Paltan Bazaar Police Station. “I have also received messages targeting my wife and son. I have also lodged an FIR against such people. We are living in fear ever since I came to know about the Facebook post which was shared in my name,” he added.
Speaking on the issue, Deepak Kumar, Commissioner of Police, Guwahati, said, “Rahman himself approached the police. He said that his name was used to spread rumours. Our cyber and technical team are investigating the matter.”
Earlier, one Lintu Kishore Sarmah was arrested for allegedly giving threats to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Assam Finance Minister Sarma on social media. As per the media reports, in his Facebook post, Kishore wrote that Sarma might die during an election meeting in 2021.