New Delhi, August 9
A well timed alert by an Ireland-based Facebook staffer to Delhi police saved the lifetime of a 27-year-old man, who was underneath monetary stress due to the coronavirus lockdown and exhibiting “suicidal activity” on the social media platform, officers mentioned Sunday.
The man had been posting movies on Facebook that apparently confirmed him making ready to finish his life and this raised a crimson flag on the social media large’s community. Facebook feared any try to contact the person straight might drive him to expedite his suicide plans, officers mentioned.
So an organization official contacted Delhi Deputy Commissioner of Police (Cyber) Anyesh Roy because the cellphone quantity used to create the Facebook account was registered within the nationwide capital.
The Facebook staffer shared the main points of the “suicidal activity” with Roy on his electronic mail simply earlier than eight pm Saturday, and what started then was a race towards time to save lots of the person.
Police traced the cellphone quantity to a lady resident of east Delhi, the DCP mentioned.
Roy reached out to Deputy Commissioner of Police (East) Jasmeet Singh and so they instantly despatched a police workforce to the handle however discovered every thing advantageous on the residence.
The case then took a flip when the lady informed the police officers the Facebook account was utilized by her husband who had left for Mumbai two weeks in the past after a combat along with her.
She additionally mentioned the person was working as a prepare dinner in a small lodge in Mumbai, police mentioned.
The girl had her husband’s cellphone quantity however didn’t know his handle.
DCP Roy acquired in contact along with his counterpart in Mumbai, DCP (Cyber) Rashmi Karandikar, however the man’s cellphone quantity was discovered “unreachable”.
Karandikar mentioned she acquired a cellphone name from Roy round 11 pm Saturday, greater than three hours after the matter first got here to gentle in Delhi.
“Our biggest challenge was to trace him and our priority was to reach him quickly because we were told he had put out at least four videos of himself preparing to end his life by hanging. Until 12.30 am, we were struck,” Karandikar informed PTI over the cellphone from Mumbai.
The Mumbai police then requested the person’s mom to video name him on WhatsApp, in order that they’d be capable of hint his location, however the name acquired disconnected after a single ring.
“The man then contacted his mother through another number and that’s how we traced his location. For an hour, one of my officers kept him engaged on a phone call and tried to convince him to not take any an extreme step,” the senior Mumbai police officer mentioned.
By 1.30 am, a police workforce reached his handle and counselled him.
The man informed Mumbai police that he was underneath extreme monetary misery for a number of months due to lockdown and had fought along with his spouse. He mentioned he was anxious how would he be capable of elevate his just lately born baby and determined to finish his life, the officer mentioned. PTI