Hyderabad: An engineer from Hyderabad has been arrested by Mumbai police over online rape threats to Virat Kohli’s baby daughter on Wednesday.
The arrestee has been identified as Ramnagesh Srinivas Akubathini, a software engineer and currently unemployed.
According to the police report, after team India lost back-to-back matches in the recent T20 World Cup, Akubathini had sent online rape threats to Virat Kohli’s baby daughter.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi was among those who came out in Virat Kohli’s support. “Dear Virat, These people are filled with hate because nobody gives them any love. Forgive them. Protect the team,” he tweeted.
Virat Kohli had put out a powerful message for Mohammad Shami, calling out “spineless” people on social media. “Attacking someone over their religion is the most pathetic thing one can do as a human. That is a very sacred and personal thing. People take out their frustration because they have no understanding of what we do,” he told reporters before a match.
“We’re playing on the field, we’re not a bunch of spineless people on social media. This has become a source of entertainment for some people which is very sad. All this drama created on the outside is based on people’s frustrations. We stand by him 200 per cent. Our brotherhood in the team cannot be shaken,” Kohli had said.
The Mumbai police had been investigating several handles as Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma are residents of the city.
He allegedly changed his Twitter handle and pretended to be a Pakistani user after cops started investigating screenshots of the threats. He has been taken to Mumbai for further investigation.