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Image Of Old Inmate In Uttar Pradesh’s Etah District’s Hospital Falsely Attributed To Father Stan Swamy

Soon after the death of Father Stan Swamy, an image of an old man chained to a hospital bed is being attributed to Swamy’s state in the hospital before his death. 

Image of Baburam Singh in a hospital in Etah, UP
Image of Baburam Singh in a hospital in Etah, UP. Courtesy: Twitter @RezinaSultana9

The old man’s image chained to the hospital bed has been shared widely on Twitter and Facebook with hashtags #RIPStanSamy and #RIPStanSwamy. 

One user on Twitter shared this image with the caption, “A ruthless & callous government that deprived him of getting Justice, dignity and Humanity. Our forefathers never fought for Azadi for 👇India where an innocent 84 yrs is Chained  fighting for Voiceless. #RIPStanSwamy”

Another user tweeted, “Modiji, did you really arrest #StanSwamy fearing from him !!? 💔💔💔 #RIPStanSamy” with the old man’s image. 

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Fact Check / Verification

We performed a reverse image search of the old man’s photograph in context and found that it’s of an elderly inmate, Baburam Balwan Singh in a hospital in Uttar Pradesh’s Etah district.

Screenshot of a Google reverse image search on Baburam Singh's image
Screenshot of a Google reverse image search on Baburam Singh’s image

As per NDTV’s report, Baburam Singh, a convicted murderer was lodged at a district jail in Etah. He was taken to the hospital after he started having breathing issues. 

Screenshot of an NDTV article on Baburam Singh admitted to hospital in Uttar Pradesh's Etah district
Screenshot of an NDTV article on Baburam Singh admitted to hospital in Uttar Pradesh’s Etah district

In view of Baburam Singh being found tied to a hospital bed in the non-covid ward of Etah government hospital, UP Director General (Prisons), Anand Kumar, suspended the jail warder and ordered an inquiry, reported Times of India in May 2021. 

In response to a user’s tweet, DG Kumar said that “orders have been given to suspend the Jail Warder Ashok Yadav with immediate effect and the supervisory officer’s explanation has also been sought.”

Stan Swamy

Stan Swamy, the tribal activist and Jesuit priest, was under judicial custody for his alleged involvement in the Bhima Koregaon violence. He was arrested on 1 January 2018 for making provocative speeches at the Elgar Parishad event in Bhima Koregaon, Pune. 

Many opposition leaders have expressed their grief over Swamy’s death. 

Swamy was suffering from Parkinson’s disease for the past several years. He was admitted to the Holy Family Hospital in Bandra in Mumbai after his health deteriorated and where he died on Monday afternoon. 

This claim was first debunked in our Hindi fact-check

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Conclusion

Inmate Baburam Balwan Singh’s image from a hospital in Uttar Pradesh’s Etah district was falsely attributed to Stan Swamy on social media platforms. 

Result: Misleading 

Our Sources

NDTV: https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/92-year-old-inmate-chained-up-during-treatment-in-uttar-pradesh-jail-warder-suspended-2441037

Times of India: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/agra/visuals-of-ailing-jail-inmate-84-tied-to-a-hospital-bed-invites-flak-warder-suspended/articleshow/82612170.cms

Director General (Prisons), UP, Anand Kumar:  https://twitter.com/DgPrisons/status/1392744228766117891


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Nikita Vashisth
Nikita is a writer and editor for English fact-checking. She also leads projects to understand the misinformation and fake-news ecosystem—with an emphasis on data and psychology. Previously, she has worked with IndiaSpend, CNN-News18 and written for Citizen Matters and Mongabay-India on the environment, health, and politics. She’s a postgraduate of the Computational Journalism program at Cardiff University, Wales.

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