New Delhi: The official Twitter accounts of Indian National Congress and party vice-president Rahul Gandhi were hacked on Thursday and some messages laden with expletives and profanities posted on it, the party said.
Rahul Gandhi’s Twitter account was hacked on Wednesday night too and some obscene remarks were put out online for around an hour. The Congress has, meanwhile, filed a complaint with the Cyber cell of Delhi Police on the hacking of its vice-president’s Twitter account. The complaint was filed by the party’s chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala, demanding strict action against those behind the hacking.
Acting on the complaint, the Delhi Police has initiated a probe into the hacking of Gandhi’s Twitter account and has written to the management of the micro-blogging site seeking necessary details. “We have written to Twitter to provide us log details such as the IP address of the hackers. We have started investigating the matter,” a senior police official said.
After the hacking, Congress raised questions on the digital safety of all Indians and said it reflects disturbing insecurities of the prevalent “fascist culture” in the country.
Gandhi’s account was hacked around 8.45pm on Wednesday and some messages with profanities were put out, but these were deleted soon thereafter. “Such lowly tactics will neither drown the sane voice of reason nor deter Rahul Gandhi from raising people’s issues,” Surjewala had said. “Such unscrupulous, unethical and roguish conduct of venal trolls to hack Rahul Gandhi’s Twitter handle reflects disturbing insecurities of prevalent fascist culture,” he said.
Surjewala also tweeted that the hacking “smacks of a sinister conspiracy to abuse and intimidate”. The Congress leader said in another tweet that the hacking highlights “lack of Digital safety” in India.
Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s political secretary Ahmed Patel also raised the question of digital safety in a tweet. “Those forcing country to adopt online payment overnight, have they taken steps to ensure a/c of ordinary ppl will be immune from hacking?,” he also said.