Mumbai Police: The Twitter Heroes We Didn’t Know We Needed

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Mumbai Police: The Twitter Heroes We Didn’t Know We Needed

Illustration: Shruti Yatam


hen I was a young boy growing up in the city, before the advent of social media, I always thought the coolest thing about Mumbai cops was the sweet, swagadelic aviator sunglasses they got to wear while directing traffic. Until the day Mumbai Police joined Twitter, where it was revealed that our city cops were masters of wit in 140 characters. Their tweets are almost as funny as some of our best stand-up comedians, and they’re even ready to roast celebrities, as Varun Dhawan learnt yesterday, much to his embarrassment.

Dhawan experienced the police’s Twitter savagery when a photo of him leaning out of his car window to click a selfie with a fan hit the internet. They promptly called him out for his dangerous behaviour and notified him that an e-challan was on the way to his house. Varun, you’ve been served. They also shut down his sheepish apology with more sarcasm, using the Tharoorian turn of phrase “galactic coincidence” to remark on the fortuitousness of having a photographer handy for this “spontaneous” fan interaction.