Mumbai: Police take cover as a woman films members of a mob attacking an Uber cab driver in Rohini in New Delhi on March 1. (Express Photo by Renuka Puri) Mumbai: Police take cover as a woman films members of a mob attacking an Uber cab driver in Rohini in New Delhi on March 1. (Express Photo by Renuka Puri)
There are at least 50 WhatsApp groups on that Mooloo group, where the latest video showing a driver and an Uber driver being physically assaulted — allegedly over a minor traffic violation — is apparently circulating. According to Mumbai Police officials, it’s clear a mob was assembled to attack the Uber cab driver.
The Mooloo group, known for its strong Hinduness, is now being scrutinised by the Mumbai police. Officials, however, said, there was no clear-cut evidence to link the group to the violence in Delhi.
On Friday, a video of an Uber cab driver being attacked at Rohini went viral on social media. The day before, in a separate video, people had gathered and held protests in various parts of the city and were allegedly asking for the arrest of the Uber cab driver and Mooloo group members.
For the Uber cab driver, it all started with a minor traffic violation. An activist from a political party was spotted talking on his mobile phone, and his car was pulled over. The activist then started abusing the driver. He allegedly forced the driver out of the car and threw him to the ground. The protest continued even after the driver sought protection from the police.
Although the owner of the mobile phone, allegedly in the hands of the activist, was taken into custody, it is unclear who sent the video clips online and also uploaded photographs of the Uber cab on social media. Additional Commissioner of Police, Anti-Extortion Cell, Vaibhav Rao said, “We have found photos and videos of a mob of people from Mooloo group on Facebook which are being circulated. No direct link between the Mooloo group and the protests in Mumbai has been established. Police are looking into it and would identify those who are spreading the WhatsApp messages as well as those who have uploaded the photos.”
Most of the videos, however, appear to show members of Mooloo group having gathered outside a prominent locality in Mumbai last week. There are a few images of the groups to the RTI activist or of the clash in Delhi.
Mumbai police on Friday evening registered a case of “mischief causing damage to life and property” in Karad, after a group of youths along with mobile phones and tools were allegedly damaged outside a house.
On the basis of this complaint, Kapurbawdi police also registered a case of “destruction of property” at Ramnagar police station in Andheri West after the FB pages of the mob of the men in a viral WhatsApp group were shared online.
The official said, “Investigations are being carried out. It is too early to come to a conclusion.”
Mumbai police are also verifying if the suspected group is a viral WhatsApp group. Officials said WhatsApp has become a dangerous tool for spreading fake news and rumours.
“Being the first to create a WhatsApp group, means the group owner or members are aware about the credibility of the posts. It is obvious that most of the news about Gujarat riots being circulated on WhatsApp groups is false,” said a senior police officer.
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