There have been a number of fake graphic cards, appearing to be stills taken from Aaj Tak and Zee News, doing rounds on WhatsApp and social media platforms, misinforming people about a proposed Bharat bandh on September 6. The fake claims made are that people belonging to the General and OBC categories are organising a Bharat bandh to protest against reservation.
Sample these –
This screenshot of a Facebook post uses a graphic card that appears to be a still taken from a show aired on Aaj Tak.
Here’s another one –
Here are a couple of other Facebook posts talking about a Bharat bandh on September 6.
Times Fact-Check team got in touch with Anna Hazare. Hazare’s personal assistant denied the fake claims that are being spread on social media platforms and instant messaging applications, and said Hazare has nothing to do with any Bharat bandh, even if one is being organised. Hazare’s personal assistant categorically confirmed that Hazare will not be a part of it.
We tried to find news articles about a proposed Bharat bandh on September 6, but could not find even one mention of this any national and regional media. What we could find are articles on Patrika about a Bharat bandh planned by people belonging to the General and OBC categories but that was scheduled for April 10, 2018.
Times Fact-Check team also verified that the graphic cards being shared widely are indeed photoshopped.
The still that appears to be taken during anchor Rohit Sardana’s show on Aaj Tak channel — Dangal — is a product of a shoddy Photoshop job. Here’s the proof. Firstly, Dangal show on Aaj Tak is aired at 5 PM and not on 7 PM. The time mentioned in the fake still is
19.00 and not
17.00. There could be an argument that the show timings might change. So we looked for more proof.
We found the original still using which the fake one was made. A news article on The Wire Hindi published on January 30, 2018 had used the original still. Here is the original still –
The text appearing on the right-hand side of the card, along with the time appearing, was edited by those who created the fake graphic card. Also note the difference in the colour schemes in the original and the fake.
The still that appears to be taken during a Zee News show is also fake.
Times Fact-Check team found the original video using which the fakesters created the fake graphic card. The video is available on Zee News’ YouTube channel. Here is the original still from the YouTube video posted by Zee News with title “Country faces threat from reservation system: Anna Hazare” –
Times Fact-Check team found the claims about the Bharat bandh, and the graphic cards used to spread it, to be fake.