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Viral lies: exposed

Misinformation through whatsapp forwards —videos and photos — spreads like wildfire. Here is our compilation of fake whatsapp videos that went viral and the reality behind these distorted facts

What was shown: A set of photographs are being circulated on social media with the claim that Congress workers were thrashed in Punjab. But the images do not pertain to a recent event. The incident took place on September 25, 2016, when a group of around 10 youths, suspected to be Akalis workers, attacked a Congress bike rally in Ajnala, Punjab.

What was shown: A video of a man removing his burqa in front of police personnel has gone viral. It is being claimed that Sri Lankan poolice has caught a Buddhist man masquerading as a Muslim woman. The video caption declares that this man was “one of the rogues” involved in Sri Lanka Church bombing. But the video now being shared in the backdrop of the bombings is actually an old video.

What was shown: A video of a man, where his trousers come off while he is addressing a public meeting was circulated with the claim ­­­– “Mr Rakesh Pareekh BJP candidate from Ajmer was giving a speech when his pants fell down. Poor guy is not used to wearing pants. BJP in their desperation r picking any random person & making them stand”. But the claim that the person in the video is a BJP candidate from Ajmer is false. It’s a 2018 video from Uttarakhand, where the former chairman of Jaspur Nagar Palika Parishad, Mohd Umar Siddiqui was addressing a public meeting during the Udham Singh Nagar municipal polls.

What was shown: A photograph of Puducherry Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi and former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was shared with the claim, “Rare to find leaders like Indira Gandhi When Kiran Bedi booked a challan on PM’s vehicle for wrong parking, Indira ji invited her for lunch personally at PMO to honor her fearless commitment towards duty”. It suggests that Gandhi had invited Bedi for lunch after the latter had booked the Prime Minister’s vehicle for illegal parking in Delhi. But it pertains to a meeting when Gandhi had invited Bedi for breakfast after the former saw Bedi leading the Republic Day parade in 1975. This photograph was also tweeted by Bedi in 2014.