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Facebook Flags Man's "Suicidal Activity" From Ireland, 2 States' Police Race To Save Him
The man had been posting videos on Facebook that apparently showed him preparing to end his life and this raised a red flag on the social media giant's network.
Facebook Flags Man's "Suicidal Activity", 2 States' Police Race To Save Him (Representational Image)
New Delhi: A timely alert by the Ireland-based Facebook staffer to Delhi Cops saved the life of a 27-year-old man, who was under financial stress because of the coronavirus lockdown and showing "suicidal activity" on the social media platform, said the official on Sunday.
The man had been posting videos on Facebook which apparently showed him preparing to end his life and this raised a red flag on the social media giant's network. Also, Facebook feared any attempt to contact the man directly could drive him to expedite his suicide plans, said the officials.
So the Facebook company official contacted Delhi Deputy Commissioner of Police(Cyber) Anyesh Roy as the phone number used to create the Facebook account was registered in the national capital.
The Facebook employee shared the detail of the "suicidal activity" with Mr. Roy on his email just before 8 pm Saturday and what began then was a race against time to save the man.
The Delhi Police traced the phone number to a woman resident of east Delhi, said the DCP.
Mr. Roy reached out to the Deputy Commissioner of Police(East) Jasmeet Singh and they immediately sent a police team to address but found everything fine at the residence.
Then the case took a turn when the woman told the police officials that the Facebook account was used by her husband who had left for Mumbai two ago after a fight with her. As per the police, she also said that the man was working as a cook in the small hotel in Mumbai.
The woman had her husband's phone number but did not know his address.
Delhi's DCP Roy got in touch with his counterpart in Mumbai, DCP (Cyber) Rashmi Karandikar, but the man's phone number was found "unreachable".
Karandikar said that she received the phone call from Roy around 11 pm Saturday, more than three hours after the matter first came light in Delhi.
"Our biggest challenge was to trace him and our priority was to reach him quickly because we were told he had put out at least four videos of himself preparing to end his life by hanging. Until 12.30 am, we were struck," Karandikar told PTI over the phone from Mumbai.
Then the Mumbai Police asked the man's mother to video call him on Whatsapp, so that they would be able to trace his location, but the call got disconnected after the singe ring.
The man then contacted his mother through another number and that's how we traced his location. For an hour, one of my officers kept him engaged on a phone call and tried to convince him to not take any an extreme step," the senior Mumbai police officer said.
A police team by 1.30 am reached his address and counseled him.
The man told to Mumbai Police that he was under severe financial distress for the few months because of the lockdown and had fought with bis wife.
The man said that he was worried how would he be able to raise his recently born child and decided to end his life, said the official.
(With input from PTI)