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Fact Check: Post claiming 3 BJP members arrested for involving in bike theft is fake

The viral post is fake. News card has been edited and shared with fake claims.

  • By Vishvas News
  • Updated: April 1, 2021

New Delhi (Vishvas News). A news card of a regional Tamil language News channel is viral on social media with a claim that police held three BJP members for involving in bike theft.

Vishvas News investigation revealed the claim is fake. News7 Channel web team refuted the claims.

Claim

A viral news card with picture of stolen two wheelers states the Police arrested three BJP party members for stealing 10 bikes worth Rs 15 lakh.

Investigation

We searched on the Internet using Google Reverse Image search tool and found this news card in News7 channel’s official Facebook page posted on 3 October 2020.

We could identify the original news card did not mention about BJP party members involved in the theft.

“The Nungambakkam police arrested three persons for allegedly stealing bikes at several places in the city. The police said the suspects, A. Mohammed Shafi, 27 of Mallipatinam, Thanjavur district; D. Sibi, 23, of Kerala; and Ameerjan, 36, of Virudhunagar district, were nabbed and 10 bikes estimated at ₹15 lakh were recovered from them,” stated an article in the Hindu.

Vishvas News contacted Niruban from News7 Web team for verification. “Someone has edited the news card. The post is fake,” he said.

As Tamil Nadu Assembly elections are to be held on April 6 and results on May 2, there are several fake posts shared on the Internet. Vishvas News has earlier debunked many such claims.

Social scanning of the user who shared the post revealed that he is from Thiruvarur district and is active on Facebook since October 2013.

Conclusion: The viral post is fake. News card has been edited and shared with fake claims.

  • Claim Review : A viral news card with picture of stolen two wheelers states the Police arrested three BJP party members for stealing 10 bikes worth Rs 15 lakh
  • Claimed By : FB User
  • Fact Check : False
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