Social worker turns ‘kidnapper’, social media to blame

Social worker turns ‘kidnapper’, social media to blame
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Chalakkudy: Social worker Dileep Narayan never had in his wildest dreams that someday he would have to don the role of a kidnapper. Dramatic scenes unfurled after a video mentioning a jeep bearing the registration number of Dileep's vehicle went viral on social media. It said the particular vehicle was used for trying to kidnap a Class VIII student hailing from Nooranad in Alappuzha. Dileep is the project chairman of Rotary Smile project of Chalakkudy.

Recently, a panic-stricken student had barged into a house at Nooranad alleging kidnap attempt. The residents of the house decided to upload a video on social media which has the child narrating the incident and mentioning the vehicle number of the jeep that was used for abduction.

In no time the police zeroed in on the owner of the jeep to Dileep, residing at Chalakkudy. However, Chalakkudy Additional Sub-Inspector K V Sudheeshkumar, on reaching the house of Dileep sensed that there had been some goof-up in the whole episode after seeing the jeep parked in his house compound. This raised doubts over the veracity of the vehicle number and the message in social media.

Meanwhile, some netizens went overboard and managed to trace the phone number and other details of the jeep owner and posted them on social media.  Since then Dileep has started getting frequent phone calls, to the extent that some even threatening him for trying to kidnap the child. When phone calls became unbearable, Dileep lodged a complaint with the police.

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