New Delhi: Government sources on Sunday confirmed that a Twitter handle, which has been created with Indian Air Force pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman’s name, is fake. The account – @Abhinandan_wc – had tweeted a photo of Abhinandan meeting Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and captioned, “Thank you for respecting me and looking at me mam @nsitharaman”
— Abhinandan (@Abhinandan_wc) March 2, 2019
Soon after it surfaced that an IAF pilot was captured by Pakistan, the microblogging site overflew with tweets demanding his return and with this cropped up some fake Twitter handles with Abhinandan’s name.
Photographs of Sitharaman’s meeting with the Wing Commander on Saturday was extensively shared on social media including Defence Spokesperson’s official Twitter handle. Subsequently, it was also shared by this fake handle.