Power Of Social Media: How Twitter Helped Delhi Police To Rescue An 80-Year-Old Lady

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This one’s for all the social media haters. You may hate it, but in this day and age, it is a tool we cannot live without. In just two hours or so Delhi Police helped reunite an 80-year-old lady with her family, thanks to Twitter.

After Kamla Gupta, a resident of Patel Nagar visited a temple this morning, she couldn’t find her way back home. An Alzheimer’s patient, she was found wandering by a patrolling police van, and taken to Ashok Vihar police station. Finding themselves in a fix because she couldn’t remember her address, the police did what most of us usually do. Ask strangers on the web for help, and it worked like a charm. Deputy Commissioner of Police, Madhur Verma tweeted a picture of Kamla with information on where to find her.

And 1.5k retweets later, it was businessman Vishal Kumar who helped track the family down. After Vishal had shared Mrs Gupta’s details on Facebook, her family came forward and contacted Vishal, who then quickly put them in touch with DCP Verma.

Posting an image of the reunited Gupta family, Verma spoke about the power of social media and also asked her family to be more vigilant.

So while Mumbai Police’s witticisms were giving everybody social media goals, Delhi Police decided to go ahead and outdo them with some work.

#InsertUselessDelhivsMumbaiDebate

Madhur Verma @DCP_North_Delhi
Smt Kamla Gupta, 80..found in Ashok Vihar..unable to recall her address. If u identify pls contact PS Ashok Vihar.
2:41 PM - 31 Jan 2016 · New Delhi, Delhi, India


Madhur Verma @DCP_North_Delhi
Smt Kamla Gupta, 80..found in Ashok Vihar..unable to recall her address. If u identify pls contact PS Ashok Vihar. pic.twitter.com/o0A7uFRCJ0

Madhur Verma @DCP_North_Delhi
Mrs Gupta identified!
Thanks to all of you including @urban_mogli. ???? I've talked to her family members in Patel Nagar.They r about to reach.
4:32 PM - 31 Jan 2016


Madhur Verma @DCP_North_Delhi
It's our duty. Though I request that entire family should be sensitised & somebody shud always accompany Mrs Gupta. https://twitter.com/komal706069651/status/693765278191058944 …
7:17 PM - 31 Jan 2016 · New Delhi, Delhi, India


Madhur Verma @DCP_North_Delhi
Smt Kamla Gupta, 80..found in Ashok Vihar..unable to recall her address. If u identify pls contact PS Ashok Vihar. pic.twitter.com/o0A7uFRCJ0

Madhur Verma @DCP_North_Delhi
That's the power of social media. Thanks @TwitterIndia .Family members of Mrs Kamla Gupta traced in less then 2 hrs! pic.twitter.com/9NGw1MFFvG


 
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