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Fact check: Viral newspaper clipping spreading communal tensions is fake

Viral image stating that a Maulana asked to not trust Buddhists is fake.

  • By Vishvas News
  • Updated: July 16, 2021

New Delhi (Vishvas News): Vishvas News came across a newspaper cutting being shared with the claim that one Maulana Jafar Sheikh has asked not to trust Buddhists and SC ST with work, calling them traitors. Vishvas News found out that the newspaper cutting was digitally created and no such news was published. Viral claim is fake.

Claim:

Twitter user, Rohan नाशिककर @ROHANM1508 shared the viral newspaper cutting on his Twitter handle on July 11, 2021 and wrote in Marathi: बौद्ध SC मधील लोकांना कामावर ठेऊ नये – मौलाना जाफर शेख

नागपूर मधील गोष्ट आहे
त्यात अस लिहिलंय की एकवेळ इतर धर्मियांना जास्त पगार ध्या परंतु ह्यांच्या वर भरोसा ठेऊ नका हे लोक खूप नीच असतात जिथे जातात तिथे चोरी धोका देतात
याना कामावर ठेऊ नका असे आदेश देण्यात आले आहेत

Translation: Muslims should never hire Buddhists, SC ST said Maulana Jafar Sheikh. This is an incident from Nagpur. You can hire the people from other castes giving them high pay but do not trust these people.
This news is from Nagpur.

Check the post and the archive version here.

Investigation:

Vishvas News started searching if there is a news about any such statement by a religious leader. Since the post claimed that the statement was given in Nagpur, Vishvas News also narrowed down its search to Nagpur. However, we did not find any such news.

Further, Vishvas News has also done a fact check where the viral newspaper clipping looked very similar to the one going viral now. And that was how we realised that the newspaper clipping is digitally created.

The newspaper clipping was created digitally.

Check how the example on this website looks like:

In the end Vishvas News interacted with ANI Nagpur correspondent, Saurabh Joshi. He informed us that there was no such event organised recently in city, where any religious guru spoke about the Muslims or Buddhists. The newspaper clipping too does not look like that of newspapers in Nagpur. The viral post is fake.

Finally, we did a background check about the Twitter user who shared this viral image. Rohan नाशिककर is a resident of Mumbai and is followed by 186 people, while he follows 252 on Twitter.

Conclusion: Viral image stating that a Maulana asked to not trust Buddhists is fake.

  • Claim Review : Muslims should never hire Buddhists, SC ST said Maulana Jafar Sheikh
  • Claimed By : Rohan नाशिककर
  • Fact Check : False
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