New Delhi: An edited picture of a Delhi government advertisement in a newspaper is doing the rounds on social media to falsely claim that Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is extending monetary aid to only Muslim victims of last week’s communal riots in the national capital.
In the edited picture of the ad being circulated on social media platforms Twitter, Facebook and WhatsApp, the word ‘Muslim’ is seen against the title ‘Aid for riot victims’.
Social media users who have shared the picture sardonically questioned whether this was an instance of Kejriwal’s secular politics.
NAMO India, a Facebook account that shared the post, alleged that first the Kejriwal government first organised the riots and is “now aiding the community through which it organised them”.
Meanwhile, Twitter user Bhavani Singh said, “Countrymen, AAP has differentiated even among the Delhi riot victims. Even here, Muslims have been given special treatment while Hindus have been given secondary status? How much more will you stoop @ArvindKejriwal?” The post was retweeted over 240 times.
देशवासियों दिल्ली दंगा पीड़ित जनता में
भी भेद कर दिया @AamAadmiParty ने
इसमें भी मुस्लिम को विशेष बनाकर हिन्दुओं
को दोयम दर्जे का बना दिया??
— भवानी सिंह TPN❗ (@Real_Bannaji) March 3, 2020
Facebook user Nikhil Joshi also shared the image which was then circulated by 1,200 users.
The Arvind Kejriwal government’s original advertisement in Hindi daily Dainik Jagran on 29 February carried a list of those riot victims who would be eligible for aid. It, however, did not specify any religion.
According to the Delhi government, families of deceased riot victims will receive Rs 10 lakh in compensation. The kin of a deceased minor will receive Rs 5 lakh, disabled persons Rs 5 lakh, grievously injured Rs 2 lakh, and those with minor injuries Rs 20,000, among others.
At least 47 people were killed in the Delhi riots that broke out across the northeastern parts of the city last week.
In collaboration with SM Hoaxslayer.