AHMEDABAD: A 33-year-old lawyer, Krupal Raval, put a photograph of Nupur Sharma as his WhatsApp status picture for just three minutes and soon received a call from an unidentified person who threatened him for supporting Sharma.
The incident took place in June but after the Udaipur and Amravati incidents, Raval felt insecure and lodged a complaint on Tuesday at Sabarmati police station.
Sabarmati police registered a case under IPC Section 507 (criminal intimidation by anonymous communication). Raval in his complaint stated that after the Sharma’s comments on television, she and her children were getting threats and hence on June 13 at bout 12.13pm he had decided to support her and put her photograph as his WhatsApp status. Raval stated that he later had second thoughts and removed the photograph within three minutes.
Raval stated two hours later he received a message on his mobile, abusing him and asking him why he was supporting Sharma.
Raval stated that when he asked the caller who he was, he told him to forget that and tell him why he was supporting Sharma.
He said he blocked the number and at about 3.10pm that same day he received a call and the known caller threatened him with dire consequences.
Raval said after the incident he left the city and on inquiring with a Muslim friend he learned that one Safin Gena had taken a screenshot of his WhatsApp status and circulated it on various groups.
Raval said he was advised not to react as there were reactions to his status.
However, Raval claimed that after the incidents in Udaipur and Amravati he felt insecure and decided to file a police complaint.