‘Avoid ru­mour­mon­ger­ing to main­tain har­mony’

Hindustan Times (Gurgaon) - - Metro -

LUC­KNOW: Rahul Upad­hyay, 24, a res­i­dent of Nagla Kanji vil­lage of Aligarh, ru­moured to have been killed in com­mu­nal clashes in Kas­ganj on Repub­lic Day, sur­faced on Tuesday and trashed re­ports of his death.

Ru­mours claimed that Upad­hyay also died with Ab­hishek Gupta alias Chan­dan, 23, dur­ing the clashes. Con­sid­er­ing the sen­si­tiv­ity of the re­port, po­lice swung into ac­tion to deny the ru­mours. Talk­ing to Chan­dan

Ku­mar, Upad­hayay said ru­mour-mon­ger­ing should be avoided to main­tain peace and com­mu­nal har­mony. Ex­cerpts:

How did you come to know about the ru­mour of your death?

One of my friends in Aligarh called me and in­formed me about the ru­mour. I re­ceived calls from many friends and rel­a­tives. My fam­ily mem­bers also re­ceived such calls..

What was your re­ac­tion?

Ini­tially, I thought it was a joke but I got alarmed when I re­ceived a num­ber of phone calls. I ap­proached Aligarh po­lice and in­formed them about the ru­mours.

What ac­tion did the po­lice take?

In­spec­tor gen­eral, Aligarh, San­jeev Gupta asked me to help the po­lice in trash­ing the ru­mours. I was taken to Kas­ganj where I in­ter­acted with the me­dia. On the ad­vice of po­lice of­fi­cials, I am an­swer­ing all phone calls to in­form peo­ple that I am alive.

Do you know any of the four peo­ple ar­rested by the po­lice for spread­ing the ru­mour?

I don’t know them. It was wrong on their part to do such a thing. Such ru­mours could have wors­ened the sit­u­a­tion. It was an at­tempt to add fuel to the fire.

How did your fam­ily re­act?

My fam­ily was dis­turbed af­ter the in­ci­dent. My wife is still in shock.

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