Whisky surprise on MHA page was a mix-up, person behind goof-up apologises

Whisky surprise on MHA page was a mix-up, person behind goof-up apologises

Two bottles of whisky and an array of snacks showed up in the unlikeliest of places on Thursday -- the Facebook page of India's Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) -- leading to some consternation and plenty of smiles.

The photo was displayed on a post on relief work in cyclone-hit Bengal. "This is proof that everyone needs to relax," said one Facebook user. Others weren't quite so amused.

"Remove this picture," was one curt message. Another wrote, "What is this? Who is responsible? Strict action must be taken!"

Sources in the MHA said there had been an "inadvertent mistake" by the person handling the page -- a junior employee -- and suggested a possible mix-up between personal and MHA pages.

The picture was removed at 9.32 am, and the employee responsible for the goof-up has apologised in writing, the sources said. It was online for nearly 15 minutes.

The MHA is followed by more than 2.79 lakh people on Facebook.

Officers were sympathetic to the employee's case; they believe it was a honest mistake.