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Kerala electricity board workers photo being shared on social media is actually from 2016

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Former IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt shared a tweet about KSEB workers from his verified account Tuesday claiming it’s 5 days old.

New Delhi: A picture of Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) workers trying to restore power in the flood-affected state was shared late Tuesday claiming to be five days old.

Former Indian Police Service (IPS) officer Sanjiv Bhatt shared a tweet about the workers from his verified account Tuesday.

However, the photo shared by Bhatt, although from Kerala, is not from this year.

A Kerala-based news daily published the same image for their story on KSEB’s ‘Urjadyut‘ project in October 2016. The Mathrubhumi report with the image was quite obviously not related to the current flood situation.

According to the retired IPS officer, the picture was taken five days ago. He also mocked the supporters of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) for hating the hardworking Keralites.

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The photo was retweeted by more than 100 accounts and received over 500 likes. Bhatt has more than 3,75,000 followers on Twitter. He also posted the photo on his personal Facebook account where it was shared around 200 times and received over 750 reactions.

Screenshot of the Facebook post shared by Sanjiv Bhatt

Not just Bhatt, two Malayalam news organisations also used the image claiming the same. News daily Mangalam Malayalam News used the image with report about Kerala trying to restore power in the state by implementing KSEB’s Mission Reconnect project. Online news portal Oneindia Malayalam also used the same image on 20 July this year for a report about Kannur district facing severe rains.

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Kerala is currently facing its worst floods in a century, with the death toll north of 250. Restorations have started as the displaced flood victims start returning home.

Bhatt didn’t respond to texts seeking comment. The story will be updated if and when he responds.

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