Hyderabad: Social media platforms were used as a platform to divert voters and police, officials from the Hyderabad city police said.
Fake news alerts like youth being arrested for election code violations and men seen distributing money and gold were doing the rounds during the day, keeping police officials posted on the ground on their toes. Contrary to the ‘news’ being circulated in the social circle, the whole procession was absolutely peaceful and there was absolutely no hindrance, said DCP South Zone, Amber Kishore Jha. The South zone has several sensitive spots falling under it.
When asked about the alerts doing the rounds on one of the most used social media messaging platform, WhatsApp, officials from Hyderabad police said no such thing was reported in the city.
“We are continuously keeping an eye on all polling stations and are also are in touch with the command control center,” said the police inspector of Chandrayangutta, G. Koteshwar Rao, wherein a proceeding officer was alleged to have collapsed after a seizure attack.
Another news doing the round was that of a BJP candidate being caught for distributing money among the voters in Indiranagar area of Banjara and Jubilee Hills on Friday.
However, the officials denied these claims and said that they had no idea about any event and brushed it aside as a baseless rumour.
An official from the Hyderabad city police said that such alerts were being circulated with a motive of diverting the police and voters.
The procession however, ended on a good note in Hyderabad commissionerate with no case of malpractices or any hindrances reported....