Screenshots and images from a two-year-old CCTV footage from Bihar are being circulated on social media and fake news websites to target the Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) ahead of Rajasthan assembly elections this year.
In the video, a couple can be seen getting intimate with each other in an open compound.
Serial fake news websites
newsfyi.in are claiming that the footage was recently taken from a temple in Barmer district of Rajasthan, wherein a male BJP youth-wing leader was caught indulging in “indecent” acts with a young female ABVP leader.
Fakesters accused the BJP, the RSS and “Hindutva” leaders of propagating obscenity inside Hindu places of worship.
Fake news creators also claimed that the man and woman seen in the video were arrested by the Rajasthan Police after the temple authorities registered a complaint. Fakesters also said that on being questioned by police, the young leaders panicked and lied that they were siblings.
Cleverly enough, none of the fakesters named the leaders involved.
The misinformation was deliberately spread many Twitter users.
राजस्थान के बाड़मेर के वीरमाता मंदिर में बीजेपी का एक नेता और एबीवीपी की नेत्री दर्शन करने पहुंचे. मंदिर में सन्ना… https://t.co/oITB6JDuRQ
— Ashraf Hussain (@AshrafFem) 1535864220000
On checking the contents of the video as well as the screenshots, we found that the incident happened two years ago inside Kishanganj jail premises in Bihar. TimesOfIndia had also done a story about it
In March 2016, the Kishanganj jail superintendent Kripa Shankar Pandey was caught in a compromising position with a minor girl. Following chief minister Nitish Kumar’s orders, Pandey was immediately suspended then.
We did reverse image search of the screenshot being shared, and it led us to the original video footage, which had gone viral back in 2016. The video was shared by several media portals. It can be watched
We also got in touch with Barmer police control room and the officials confirmed that no such incident had taken place in the city
Times Fact Check team has found claims of BJP leader indulging in “objectionable” acts with a female ABVP leader inside a temple to be fake..