Is he a person of India origin? Looks so as financially-strapped Pradeep Manukonda now stands face to face with Facebook creator and CEO Mark Zuckerberg who has obtained a restraining order against him for stalking and threatening him both in person and via the social network.
“Please help me, then I am ready to die for you. Please understand my pain,” reads one alleged message from Pradeep Manukonda who is now accused of using language threatening Zuckerberg’s personal safety.
Zuckerberg, 26, filed legal papers alleging that 31-year-old California man Pradeep Manukonda had tried to “follow, surveil and contact” him using language threatening his personal safety as well as the safety of his girlfriend Priscilla Chan and sister Randi.
While Zuckerberg is not listed as a friend of Manukonda on the social networking site he created, the former Harvard student’s sister Randi still is. Randi works on marketing, politics, current events and non-profits for Facebook.
She is also a television spokeswoman for Facebook.
Pradeep Manukonda is accused of even attempting to contact Zuckerberg in person at his home and at Facebook offices in Palo Alto, California, seeking financial assistance for his family.
He also sent flower and a handwritten letter to Zuckerberg’s home a week ago. As per Facebook’s security, the cops also intercepted Pradeep at Zuckerberg’s home on January 24 just as he was about to walk up the front steps.
They gave Pradeep Manukonda a verbal warning — but the guy continued to try to contact him through the mail and even with a hand-written letter
Pradeep Manukonda will now have to stay at least 300 yards (274 meters) away from Mark Zuckerberg, his sister and his girlfriend, pending the hearing.
Zuckerberg’s Facebook profile was hacked late January by an unidentified person who used his account to complain about the social networking site accepting $450 million in investment money from securities firm Goldman Sachs.