Writer Madhu Kishwar took to Twitter on Monday, 28 May, to slam the Jammu and Kashmir police and Director General of Police Shesh Paul Vaid for “playing doormat to jihadi politicians.”
Referring to Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani’s encounter, she alleged that Vaid actually suspended the Jammu and Kashmir superintendent of police for killing Wani in 2016, as Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti was upset over the encounter.
Kishwar named Sushil Pandit as the source of her information.
When contacted, Madhu Kishwar told The Quint, “I am quoting a source and I didn’t say that I know it. I said I was shocked to know from Sushil Pandit.”
However, Kishwar seemed displeased at the question about the credibility of the information she shared, and said The Quint should seek a clarification from the source she has named.
J&K Police Call Out Kishwar for Misleading People
Jammu and Kashmir police has said that the information that was shared was “concocted.” As soon as Kishwar put out the tweet, the J&K police was quick to respond. Expressing shock, they said that no such suspension had taken place.
DGP SP Vaid too retweeted J&K Police’s tweet calling out Kishwar.
But despite the police clarification, Kishwar seemed hell bent on believing what she said.
In another tweet, Kishwar said the source of her information was a credible person. However, she left the discussion open for Sushil Pandit (her source) to clarify.
Kishwar’s History of Misleading Tweets
The Quint sought clarification from Madhu Kishwar on her previous tweets which had turned out to be untrue. “It was just one time that it has happened with the Gurugram case, and it was a senior IAS officer who gave me the information,” she defended.
Earlier this year, Kishwar had fallen for rumours that five Muslim men were arrested by the Haryana police for vandalising a school bus in Gurugram during the Padmaavat protests.
But the Haryana police later clarified that no such arrests were made.
Kishwar later deleted the tweet and apologised to her 2 million followers, but the damage till then had been done as the tweet had garnered a lot of traction.
In another incident, Kishwar had shared a tweet which showed weapons seized from a mosque in Rajkot. Although the tweet was captioned “please authenticate,” she still shared it with millions of followers.
Like a lot of her previous tweets, this one was later deleted when the news was found to be untrue.
(With inputs from AltNews)