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Police call actor’s bluff on Twitter

Picture trouble: The actor’s tweet congratulating BMC, Mumbai Police.

Picture trouble: The actor’s tweet congratulating BMC, Mumbai Police.  

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Say there was no function organised by them where Ajaz Khan was chief guest

Mumbai: Twitterati recently saw an amusing exchange between the Mumbai Police and actor Ajaz Khan. The actor put out a politely-worded tweet thanking the police and the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) for inviting him as the ‘chief guest’, while the police asked the actor to get his facts straight.

Mr. Khan has acted in movies such as Rakhta Charitra and Allah Ke Bandey, and was also a contestant in reality television show Bigg Boss.

On February 11, Mr. Khan tweeted his ‘thanks’ to the Mumbai Police and the BMC. “Many congratulations to BMC and @MumbaiPolice for such an amazing job with “creation of flowers” and thank you so much for inviting me as chief guest at this event, I feel honoured,” Mr. Khan said using his official Twitter handle, @AjazKhanActor.

Several Twitterati expressed their displeasure at the Mumbai Police for inviting him for a function, as he has been known for being outspoken on social media.

One such tweet, by Sanjay Dixit, said, “Bollywood D grade actor, fasadi and serial abuser @AjazkhanActor was invited as chief guest for an event by @MumbaiPolice.” His tweet was accompanied by a link to an article saying the same.

The Mumbai Police, on the same day, replied to his tweet: “Poor general knowledge alert! Poor research alert! Careless tweeting alert! Let us know after U finish researching, if U could manage finding which city’s Police this is! Clue- NOT one of us! Disclaimer: Mumbai Police neither organised such event nor was part it (sic).”

A short while later, the police issued another clarification, this time in response to Mr. Khan’s tweet.

“We appreciate your gratitude for the efforts of @MumbaiPolice for the wellbeing of the city, but misplaced gratitude barely serves any purpose. Kindly recollect correctly who were you invited by and where, because we were not there,” the tweet said.

The matter, however, did not end there, as Mr. Khan himself tweeted to the Mumbai Police.

“@MumbaiPolice With all due respect I’d like to say that you haven’t done your homework, I supported you, inspite of my mother’s recent demise I came to the event because BMC and Mumbai police invited me, now who is using Mumbai police’s Twitter handle God knows,” the tweet said.

More than the controversy, Twitter users derived great amusement in the wording of the Mumbai Police’s response, and many of them commented on it.

Mumbai Police spokesperson DCP Deepak Deoraj said, “There was never any function organised by us where Mr. Khan was invited as the chief guest. We are not aware what function he is referring to.”

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