Hyderabad: Senior IPS officer Sandeep Mittal was on both sides of the trolling coin on Twitter on Thursday after he first set the tone by replying to a tweet by actor-filmmaker Farhan Akhtar.
Mittal, whose LinkedIn profile says he is a Joint Secretary with the Parliament of India, started off pointing out that Akhtar’s tweet earlier this week was an offence under Section 121 of the IPC. The actor had asked people to join him at the August Kranti Maidan in Mumbai for a protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act. A few days ago, he had replied to another tweet by writer-lyricist Javed Akhtar on the police action at Jamia Millia Islamia University in New Delhi.
While many praised the IPS officer for questioning the celebrities, the trolling began in the reverse direction on Thursday, when it was revealed that the likes by Mittal’s Twitter handle allegedly had several porn videos. “Dear Friends and Enemies… My Twitter Handle was partially hacked by the elements opposed to my questioning of Akhtar Duo. I am registering a complaint against these elements with Delhi Police. I would not be bogged down by these anti-social elements (sic),” Mittal tweeted on Thursday morning.
But, his version did not go down well with Twitterati, including French security researcher Robert Baptiste, who is popular on Twitter under the alias Elliot Alderson. He is known for his expose on data leakage and related issues of Aadhaar.
“My dear @smittal_ips, Bro, we need to discuss. Your account has not been ‘partially’ hacked. You like porn, that’s all. Btw, you liked a lot of porn content in the past. You didn’t remove everything Mr Data Privacy expert,” (sic) Alderson tweeted, attaching screenshots of porn videos liked by Mittal’s Twitter handle. Several others also questioned Mittal’s version of the account being ‘partially hacked’, to which the IPS officer, who calls himself a researcher in cyber security, is yet to respond.