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Woman With Dawood Ibrahim In Viral Photograph Is Not Congress Spokesperson Supriya Shrinate, But Journalist Sheela Bhatt

Authors

Kushel HM is a mechanical engineer-turned-journalist, who loves all things football, tennis and films. He was with the news desk at the Hindustan Times, Mumbai, before joining Newschecker.

Pankaj Menon is a fact-checker based out of Delhi who enjoys ‘digital sleuthing’ and calling out misinformation. He has completed his MA in International Relations from Madras University and has worked with organisations like NDTV, Times Now and Deccan Chronicle online in the past.

Claim

Photo of Congress’s social media department head and former journalist, Supriya Shrinate, with underworld don and terrorist Dawood Ibrahim, in 1987.

The archived version of the tweet can be seen here.

Fact

Newschecker ran a reverse image search of the photo, which led us to this tweet by veteran journalist Sheela Bhatt, dated June 14, 2023, sharing the same image, stating, “Interviewing Dawood Ibrahim in Pearl Building, Dubai.”

According to the tweet thread, Bhatt had taken this interview for the magazines, ‘Abhiyan’ and ‘The Illustrated Weekly’, in 1988. Newschecker also spoke to Shrinate, who said the woman in the photo is Bhatt, while adding that she was only 10 years old when the photo was taken in 1988. We also came across an NDTV news report, dated July 14, 2023, confirming that the throwback picture featured Bhatt and Ibrahim, India’s most wanted.   

Also Read: Old Photo From Northern Ireland Falsely Linked To Baltimore Bridge Collapse

Result: False

Sources
Tweet, Sheela Bhatt, June 14, 2023
Quote from Supriya Shrinate


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Authors

Kushel HM is a mechanical engineer-turned-journalist, who loves all things football, tennis and films. He was with the news desk at the Hindustan Times, Mumbai, before joining Newschecker.

Pankaj Menon is a fact-checker based out of Delhi who enjoys ‘digital sleuthing’ and calling out misinformation. He has completed his MA in International Relations from Madras University and has worked with organisations like NDTV, Times Now and Deccan Chronicle online in the past.

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