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Fact check: Picture of Sachin Tendulkar attending Ramakant Achrekar’s funeral being shared with false claim

Viral claim stating cricketer Sachin Tendulkar gave shoulder at the funeral of Sindhutai Sapkal is fake.

  • By Vishvas News
  • Updated: January 6, 2022

New Delhi (Vishvas News): A picture is being widely shared on various social media platforms, which claims that a Padma Shri was given shoulder by a Bharat Ratna. Pointing that it was Sachin Tendulkar who was present during the last rites of Sindhutai Sapkal. Vishvas News in its investigation found that he was not a part of the last rites that took place in Pune.

Claim:

Facebook user Narayan Borude, shared the picture on Facebook and wrote, खरा भारतरत्न !!! अभिमान आहे तुझा सर्व भारतियांना !!! सलाम !!!

Translation: A real Bharat Ratna, we are proud of you.

The matter on the picture of Sachin Tendulkar was: आज एक गोष्ट समजली, पुरस्कार महत्वाचा नसून कर्तृत्व महत्वाचं असतं … कारण आज एका पद्मश्रीला भारतरत्नाने खांदा दिला. भावपूर्ण श्रद्धांजली माई

Translation: It is not the award but the work that is important. Today a Padma Shri was given shoulder by a Bharat Ratna. Rest in peace Mai.

(Sindhutai Sapkal was fondly known as Mai)

Check the post and its archive version here.

Investigation:

Vishvas News started the fact check with Google Reverse Image Search on the picture.

We found the exact same image on an article of Indian Express.
The title of the article was, ‘Tearful Sachin Tendulkar attends coach Ramakant Achrekar’s funeral‘ and it was dated January 3, 2019.

This cleared that the picture was from the funeral of Ramakant Achrekar.

The caption of the image said, ‘Sachin Tendulkar at coach Ramakant Achrekar’s cremation.’

Sindutai Sapkal, a social worker and known as the mother of orphans passed away on 4th January, 2022 and her last rites were performed the next day in Pune.

We checked for pictures from the funeral of Sapkal and we could not find the picture of Sachin Tendulkar anywhere.

Neither did we find the reports of Tendulkar attending the last rites of Padma Shri awardee Sindhutai Sapakal.

In the next step of investigation, Vishvas News contacted ANI correspondent of Pune, Alim Shaikh. He told us that Sachin Tendulkar was not a part of funeral of Sindhutai Sapkal.

In the last step of investigation, we did a social background check on the user who shared the viral post. Narayan Borude is a resident of Mumbai and has over 1100 friends on Facebook.


Conclusion: Viral claim stating cricketer Sachin Tendulkar gave shoulder at the funeral of Sindhutai Sapkal is fake.

  • Claim Review : खरा भारतरत्न !!! अभिमान आहे तुझा सर्व भारतियांना !!! सलाम !!!
  • Claimed By : Narayan Borude
  • Fact Check : False
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