Video of Hyderabad Police arresting people and checking their WhatsApp messages for words like ‘ganja’, ‘drugs’ has gone viral on social media, sparking comments on social media about whether police can do this regardless of privacy. Climate activist Disha Ravi, who was arrested earlier this year in the ‘toolbox’ case, shared the video and wrote: ‘Why are so many of you being surprised as if we hadn’t read people’s “conversations” on national television? If you think the surveillance is ‘not there yet, what you basically mean is that the surveillance is not there for YOU yet.’
Reports said the viral video of the search operation originated from the outskirts of Bahadurpura in Hyderabad, while the Hyderabad police regularly conduct such operations on the instructions of the police commissioner.
As quoted by The newsSouthern Zone Deputy Police Commissioner Gajarao Bhupal said he was aware that random phone checks were underway, but cops are not forcing anyone to show their phones because people are cooperating, a- he declared. “” Yes, I am aware that the phones are being monitored. However, we don’t force anyone or rip their phones off to check. People are cooperating and no one is complaining, so I don’t think there is anything illegal, “he told The News Minute.
âThe public can deny giving away their phone. However, it will then be necessary to see which legal provisions apply. So far, we have not encountered any such problem. There are no specific instructions as there have been no issues so far, “he said when asked if people could also refuse to hand over their phones.
As Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan is in jail for a drug case, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has declared war on illegal drugs. Last week, the chief minister addressed a high-level meeting of police and excise officials and asked them to tighten the screw on drugs.