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Weekly Wrap: Misinformation Around Ram Mandir Consecration, Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra & More

From the ‘Pran Prathishtha’ ceremony for the Ram Temple in Ayodhya on January 22 to the ongoing Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra led by Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, social media saw a spate of false claims in the past week. Here are the top five fact-checks of the week by Newschecker.

Video Of Italian PM Giorgia Meloni Thanking Supporters For Birthday Wishes Falsely Shared As Her Message For Hindus Ahead Of Ram Mandir Inauguration

Several social media users shared a video, claiming it showed Italian PM Giorgia Meloni’s message of support for Hindus ahead of the Ram Mandir consecration ceremony in Ayodhya on January 22, 2024. Newschecker found that the video was mistranslated and actually showed Meloni thanking her supporters for wishing her on her birthday.

Visuals From 2023 Puri Rath Yatra Falsely Shared As Rahul Gandhi’s 2024 Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra

Several Congress-linked Twitter handles shared a video, claiming it showed large crowds gathering for Rahul Gandhi’s Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra in Nagaland. Newschecker found that the visuals claimed to be of Gandhi’s Nyay Yatra were actually from the Puri Rath Yatra last year.

No, Video Of Cops Rounding Up Men Has Nothing To Do With Violence In Mira Road Mumbai

A video of some youths being thrashed and detained by cops recently went viral on social media. It was claimed that they were the ones who had attacked the Ram Yatra rally in Mumbai’s Mira Road area on January 22, 2024, the day of the temple’s inauguration in Ayodhya. Newschecker found that the video is at least two years old and from Hyderabad, has no connection with the violence on 22nd January 2024 in Mira Road area of Mumbai.

No, Election Commission Of India Has Not Announced April 16 2024 As General Election Poll Day

Various social media users across the country had posted a screenshot of a letter from the Assistant Chief Electoral Officer, Delhi and claimed that the Lok Sabha elections will be held on April 16.  Newschecker found that the Election Commission of India has not officially announced the date of the general elections.

Cropped Photo Of Soldiers Resting Falsely Claimed As ‘Deadliest Israeli Sniper’ Killed By Hamas

Multiple social media users shared a photo claiming it showed Shafas Lavier, the “deadliest sniper in the Israeli Army”, who was killed by Hamas. Newschecker found that the viral image is a cropped photograph of Israeli soldiers resting on a patch of grass at Kibbutz Be’eri, after a mass infiltration by Hamas gunmen from the Gaza Strip, in southern Israel.

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