Man who hurt self in live video saved after FB US informed cops

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Man who hurt self in live video saved after FB US informed cops

Sunday, 06 June 2021 | Staff Reporter | NEW DELHI

Following the swift intervention of the Delhi Police, a 39-year-old man, who shared a live video of harming himself on Facebook, was saved in the national Capital. Police said they were alerted by a call from the office of social media giant, thousands of kilometers in the United States.

According to a senior police official, on Thursday night, one Shohan Lal (name changed), a resident of Dwarka in West Delhi, inflicted multiple deep cuts on his hand following an altercation with neighbours.

“Lal works in a sweet shop and has two young children. He has been emotionally vulnerable since the death of his wife in 2016. The altercation with neighbours triggered him to take the extreme step. While doing so, he live-streamed it on Facebook,” said the senior police official.

“While all this was happening, at around 12.50 am, Anyesh Roy, the Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), CyPAD, received a call alert from Facebook’s US office about a suspicious self-harm live video being posted by a male Facebook user located in Delhi,” he said.

“The alert was generated as part of the coordination framework established between Cyber Prevention Awareness and Detection (CyPAD), the Nodal Cyber Unit of Delhi Police and international social media platforms,” said the senior police official.

“Police checked and analysed the account details shared by Facebook. The mobile phone number linked to the account was found to be switched off. Later, police obtained the address linked to the mobile number and it belonged to Dwarka,” he said.

A nearby emergency response vehicle (ERV) and its in-charge probationer sub-inspector Amit Kumar rushed to the given address to trace the man who was on the verge of killing himself, police said.

 When Kumar reached the location, he found the man on the stairs in a very bad condition as he had suffered heavy blood loss. The man was rushed to a nearby hospital and later shifted to AIIMS Trauma Centre, the police said, adding that his condition was stated to be stable.

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