PIB expresses regret over 'personal tweet' from its official handle supporting protestors in Delhi

The tweet, purportedly by a member of the PIB's social media team and former student of Jamia Millia Islamia expressed solidarity with the students.

Published: 16th December 2019 10:16 AM  |   Last Updated: 16th December 2019 10:16 AM   |  A+A-

Students and other protest against the police action against students of the Jamia Millia Islamia University. at PHQ in New Delhi Sunday night Dec. 15 2019. (Photo | PTI)

Students and other protest against the police action against students of the Jamia Millia Islamia University. at PHQ in New Delhi Sunday night Dec. 15 2019. (Photo | PTI)

By PTI

NEW DELHI: The Press Information Bureau on Sunday expressed regret over a tweet from its official Twitter handle which came out in support of the protestors involved in clashes with Delhi police.

The tweet, purportedly by a member of the PIB's social media team and former student of Jamia Millia Islamia expressed solidarity with the students.

"Seeing Jamia turn into a war zone is the last thing I expected to see. I can't let my alma mater bleed," the tweet said with hashtags such as "Stop Violence against students."

Barely an hour later, PIB tweeted from its official handle that a member of the social media team had posted her personal comments on the issue.

"A member of our Social Media team inadvertently tweeted from the @PIB_India handle her personal comments on the situation in Jamia Millia. The error is deeply regretted. Suitable action is being taken," the tweet said.

At least six policemen and around 35 students injured when they clashed with each other over the law that seeks to provide citizenship rights to religious minorities from three neighbouring countries who arrived in India to escape religious persecution.

The Press Information Bureau is the Union government's department Under the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and is mandated with the task to apprise media of the policies and decisions of the government.

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