Just after the state assembly elections, the Telangana Police wanted to test its elite commandos team OCTOPUS’ (Organisation for Counter Terrorist Operations) skills and conducted a mock drill in a temple complex and at a hospital on January 11 and 12, respectively.
But the video of the drill was used by some miscreants to spread false news on social media stating that there was a terrorist attack at the Tirumala-Tirupathi bypass road and it even mentioned that one person was killed and three were arrested. Later, mockdrill hashtag was attached to the Youtube video headline.
Here’s a twitter screengrab:
Near Tirumala Bypass 4 Muslim Jihadi Terrorists. One on Spot Death and 3 Arrested https://t.co/ApXIC3PHnS
— Manju Neereshwallya (@neereshwallya) January 21, 2019
In fact, the local police had released a statement to the media stating that the mockdrills were conducted at the behest of the state DGP and Warangal Commissioner. See the video headline put out by a website here:
After conducting the mock drill, police officials told the media present there that the drill was conducted on the orders of the state Director General of Police. See video below:
The city police official has clarified that it was merely a mock drill and not a terrorist attack. The mock drill involved highly skilled commandos and there is nothing to worry about, he said in Telugu. It was held “to send a message to the people that the police is always ready to rescue them in case of any terrorist attack.”
This is not the first time that a mockdrill by police was wrongly depicted as real. A similar drill in Jharkhand was depicted as MP police firing at farmers in Mandsaur earlier on social media.