Hyderabad: The Mumbai Police has reportedly arrested a man from the city, identified as Ramnagesh Alibathini, on charges of giving online rape threats to the daughter of Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli.
According to news agency ANI, the Mumbai Police Cyber Cell had arrested the 23-year-old man. He was being taken to Mumbai, the agency quoted the Mumbai Police.
It was earlier reported that a now-deleted Twitter handle that posted the gruesome tweet, threatening to rape Kohli’s 9-month-old daughter, was allegedly based in Hyderabad. The threat came after Kohli came out in support of his team Mohammed Shami.
Investigations by multiple media agencies had indicated that, contrary to claims that the threat was from a Pakistani bot account, the handle was not from Pakistan. According to The Quint’s WebQoof fact-checking team, the account was created in April this year, with the username and handle of the account being changed multiple times.
Fact-checking agency AltNews said it had searched for archived links of tweets from the handle, @criccrazyygirl and found the unique Twitter ID of the account. They found this from Wayback Machine, an internet archive, from where they viewed the source code of the page and the unique ID.
Apart from tweets on trading on NIFTY, sharing emails by Indian financial services companies, the account had also retweeted tweets in Telugu. AltNews also said the person had retweeted tweets by OpIndia and several pro-BJP accounts. They also retweeted anti-Muslim tweets and pro-BJP tweets.