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Delhi BJP Chief Manoj Tiwari did not violate the lockdown, AAP member shares ‘Misleading’ claim

As per recent updates made by the Indian Health Ministry on April 4, 18:00 PM, there are a total 2784 active coronavirus cases in India.

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Hindi Content Lead of Aam Aadmi Party’s social media team Sanjay Raghav took a jibe on Delhi BJP chief and MP Manoj Tiwari by sharing a video in which Tiwari can be seen distributing masks and sanitizers. Sanjay claimed that the BJP Chief is creating awareness about lockdown by violating it himself.

An archived version of his tweet can be viewed here.

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As per recent updates made by the Indian Health Ministry on April 4, 18:00 PM, there are a total 2784 active coronavirus cases in India. The country is seeing a spike in numbers in the aftermath of the religious congregation at Nizamuddin Markaz, which has resulted in the quarantine of as many as 9,000 people. Amid the worsening situation in India, one thing that hasn’t changed is the political accusations. For instance, the political turmoil in the national capital is as seasoned as it could be, the opposition is accusing the CM of not dealing with the COVID-19 properly and the CM, as usual, accusing the Centre of not allocating adequate funds to fight the pandemic. Adding to the ongoing turmoil, Aam Aadmi Party member Sanjay Raghav accused the state BJP chief Manoj Tiwari of violating the lockdown and not practicing the social distancing. 

Indian politicians such as Andhra Pradesh CM YS Jagan Reddy, Hindu Mahasabha leader Swami Chakrapani and Samajwadi Praty leader Ramakant Yadav have previously made misleading claims pertaining to the COVID-19 outbreak in India. Legislator Somnath Bharti, of the same party as Raghav, also shared a misleading claim about Azim Premji donating Rs 50,000 crore to support India’s fight against COVID-19. However, when corrected by newschecker and several social media users, he posted a clarification.

As we began fact-checking the claim made by AAP member Sanjay Raghav, we fragmented the video in order to know the date and the location of the video, but we didn’t find any authentic information to corroborate. We then searched YouTube with the keyword “Manoj Tiwari distributes masks,” and we found a video uploaded by the official channel of The Tribune, which matches the description of that of the claim.

The Tribune video was uploaded on March 17, 2020, hence we found that the video was published at least five days before the lockdown was first ordered by the Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal.

Using the Twitter advanced search feature, we further checked if the same video was shared by social media users or BJP’s Delhi unit. We found that a tweet made by the Twitter handle managed by Manoj Tiwari’s office shared the same video on March 17. 

We also found a tweet made by the official Twitter handle of the BJP’s Delhi unit, which contains pictures of the same event, as shown in the claim.

Now, we tried to collect more information on when the lockdown was announced and even before lockdown what were the restrictions on gathering as announced by the Delhi government. During our search, we found an order dated 22.03.2020, which notifies of the lockdown in the national capital from March 23, 2020, to March 31, 2020. The same can be found here. We also found two notices released by the Delhi Government, first notice dated March 13 prohibits gatherings beyond 200 people; second notice dated March 16 prohibits the gathering beyond 50 people. However, the two notices consequently released on March 13 and March 16 do not carry any mention of the lockdown.

We also found a tweet by Neelkant Bakshi, who is the Head Media Relations & Co-Incharge Media, Social Media & IT of the BJP’s Delhi unit in which he has called out Sanjay Raghav for spreading fake news.

Hence it is imperative from the findings mentioned above that the claim made by AAP member Sanjay Raghav is misleading and Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari did not violate the lockdown ordered by the Delhi Government.

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Result: Misleading/Misplaced Context

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Aamir Khan’s Ghulam Co-Star Javed Hyder is not selling vegetables to survive, Misleading Claim goes Viral

The media reports claiming that Javed Hyder is selling vegetables to survive during ongoing Corona virus pandemic is false.

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Aamir Khan’s Ghulam Co Star Javed Hyder is not selling vegetables to survive, Misleading Claim goes Viral- Newschecker.in

Several media outlets shared a TikTok video of Aamir Khan’s Ghulam co-star Javed Hyder selling vegetables and claimed that he is doing so to survive during ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. Here are some screenshots of the media outlets who reported the same.





Big Boss fame, Dolly Bindra also shared Javed Hyder’s video and tweeted, ‘He is an actor, and today he is selling vegetables…Javed Hyder’. In the viral TikTok video, Javed Hyder is selling vegetables while dancing. He is lip-syncing the famous song ‘Duniya Mein Rehna Hai Toh Kaam Kar Pyaare.’ You can see the video here.

We found that the same claim is viral on Twitter, Facebook and WhatsApp.

The quint also published an article claiming the same. However; they updated their report later on with a disclaimer.

Fact Check

With the help of relevant keywords search on Google, we found several articles clearing the air on the viral claim. In his conversation with Mirror Online, Javed Hyder clarified that he is not a vegetable seller, and the video was just for TikTok.

No, I am not a vegetable vendor. I am an actor by profession even now. The entire selling vegetable video was just an act and I shot that TikTok video only to motivate my followers

Javed Hyder To Mirror Online.

Later, Hindustan times and News 18 India also published an article stating the same.

Conclusion

It is evident from our fact check that media reports claiming that Javed Hyder is selling vegetables to survive during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic are false. Javed Hyder clarified that he is not selling vegetables for a living, whereas the viral video is just a musical one that he made to keep himself busy during the lockdown.

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Result: False


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There Is No Doctor Named Mujahid Hussain In The Ministry Of AYUSH

The Ministry of AYUSH issued a statement on 23 June on Patanjali Ayurved’s claims related to the treatment of COVID-19.

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There Is No Doctor Named Mujahid Hussain In The Ministry Of AYUSH

Claim 

A tweet posted on 25 June claims that Dr. Mujahid Hussain allegedly from the Ministry of AYUSH banned Baba Ramdev’s Patanjali medicine Coronil

This viral tweet has been circulating on social media platforms in the last few days. The post also asserts that Dr. Hussain thinks Ayurveda can’t be promoted to cure the virus.

Fact check 

In the recent past, Baba Ramdev claimed that Coronil and Swasari have shown 100% favorable results during the clinical trial on COVID-19 patients. These medicines are part of a corona kit by Ramdev-led Patanjali which includes a third medicine called Anu Tel. Among these the Ayurvedic drug: Coronil is the most popular drug in conversation because it claims to cure coronavirus infection in just seven days. 

Soon after this, Union AYUSH minister Shripad Naik said that Coronil should not have been advertised by Patanjali Ayurved until AYUSH, which stands for Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy approved it. 

The claim about Dr. Mujahid Hussain as well as other related claims have been circulating on social media platforms after the controversial Patanjali Ayurveda “cure” had been announced and the Centre asked them to stop its advertising. 

The Ministry of AYUSH issued a statement on 23 June on Patanjali Ayurved’s claims related to the treatment of COVID-19.  

PIB Press Release

Latest news reports state that an FIR has been filed against Baba Ramdev for misleading people and propagating Patanjali Ayurveda drug Coronil as a cure for COVID-19.  

Our team reached out to the Ministry of Ayush to verify this claim. They clarified that there is no doctor by the name Mujahid Hussain in their ministry. Nor did the ministry fire any doctor or medical officer recently. Related claims on social media are fake. 

You can read our Hindi fact check debunking this claim here

Another related claim has been clarified by the Ministry of AYUSH. 

Additionally, we did not find any news stories which supported this claim. 

Conclusion 

The lack of any news reports supporting the claim in context as well as our direct conversation with a member in the Ministry of AYUSH makes it clear that there was no Dr. Mujahid Hussain banned Baba Ramdev’s Patanjali medicine Coronil

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Result: Fabricated News/False

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Delhi NCR Is Not Going Under A Complete Lockdown For 4 Weeks From 18 June

The Home Minister has announced a slew of measures to help the Delhi government in fighting the coronavirus pandemic.

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As India’s months-long lockdown starts easing, common social media users, commentators, and political pundits have once again started making assumptions as to what will be imposed again and what’s coming next. The latest entry to this wide array of misinformation is a WhatsApp forward claiming a four-week long strict lockdown in Delhi NCR from June 18. The WhatsApp forward also claims that the President’s rule will be imposed in the national capital. The strictness of this ‘alleged’ lockdown consists of no allowance to go outside. It further appeals to finish all necessary work and let others know of the ‘alleged’ lockdown.

WhatsApp Message Sent To Newschecker

Fact Check

As we begin fact-checking this claim, we first checked the website of the Home Ministry of India for any such announcement. It is noteworthy that no such announcement was found on the ministry’s website.

We also checked the official Twitter handle of the spokesperson of the MHA but we didn’t find any such announcement there as well. Furthermore, we found a tweet by the fact-checking arm of the government that debunks the claims made in the viral WhatsApp forward. The tweet by the PIB reads, “Claim: A message on Facebook claiming strict #Lockdown from 18th June. 

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When we searched further, we also found a series of tweets made by the Home Minister of India in which he has mentioned the meeting between him and the Delhi Chief Minister that took place today. In the same Twitter thread, the Home Minister has announced a slew of measures to help the Delhi government in fighting the coronavirus pandemic.

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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, through a tweet, has seconded the content of Home Minister Amit Shah’s tweets.

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It is important to note that none of the above two have information about President’s rule in Delhi and the alleged strict lockdown.

Hence, it is proved in our fact-check report that the viral WhatsApp forward is false and no strict lockdown has been announced in Delhi. Since the Home Minister and the Delhi Chief Minister have announced fighting the coronavirus pandemic together, the claims regarding the President’s rule in Delhi are false as well.

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Result: False


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