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Anchor puts minister’s phone number on TV, he returns the ‘love’ on Twitter

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Television journalist Deepak Chaurasia’s wife Anusuiya Roy registered a complaint with police against unknown persons Wednesday after her husband started receiving multiple threatening and abusive phone calls on his personal phone numbers.

The flood of calls to Chaurasia’s numbers started Tuesday night, a few hours after he put out the numbers of all Delhi ministers on a TV show in which he was discussing the issue of rising dengue and chikungunya cases in the capital.

Delhi Tourism and Water Resources Minister Kapil Mishra responded on Twitter. “Dear Deepak Chaurasia, you just flashed my personal number on your television channel. I thought the love should not be one-sided. So I am sharing both your numbers. Enjoy,” he tweeted.

A case was registered on Roy’s complaint at Safdarjung Enclave police station. Later, it was transferred to Delhi Police Special Cell. A police spokesperson said, “Efforts are on to identify the culprits.”

Roy told The Indian Express, “In their (her husband’s) show, they were trying to contact all the ministers of Delhi government, including Kapil Mishra, but they were not taking the phone calls. Later, he showed the numbers of all the ministers, including Mishra’s phone number, on the show, asking the audience to approach their ministers on their own. The ministers’ numbers were already there on the Delhi government’s website.”

She added, “Around 11 pm, he (Chaurasia) returned home and I found he was receiving multiple calls on his both his mobile numbers. The callers were threatening, abusing and passing lewd comments. We put the phones on silent mode, however, around 1.30 am, we saw he was getting calls repeatedly from the same number. We got scared and, around 2 am, informed police about it.”

Roy said, “The SHO of Safdurjung Enclave police station came. Several calls were recorded before police. The callers were abusing me and threatening my children. The calls were made from India as well as abroad, including Canada.” Roy added she could not understand why Mishra had tweeted her husband’s numbers.

Mishra said, “I was busy with the fogging drive when they were calling me. I was not able to pick my phone, but they flashed my number on their show. After some hours, I started receiving calls from all over India and some of the callers were abusing me. I tweeted his phone numbers to ensure he gets a taste of his own medicine.”

Mishra added, “If people should know the phone numbers of their leaders, they should also know the phone numbers of their journalists. My family is also scared. If they are receiving threatening calls, they should immediately report this to police.” Mishra said he deleted his tweet Wednesday morning, “thinking that he (Chaurasia) must have realised his mistake by now”.

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