This Patna street was featured in a story on PatnaBeats, about the launch of the Bihar capital’s odd-even parking on 2 November 2016 | Twitter
This Patna street was featured in a story on PatnaBeats, about the launch of the Bihar capital’s odd-even parking on 2 November 2016 | Twitter
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New Delhi: National highways, link roads and railway tracks were blocked by protesting farmers during the nationwide Bharat Bandh Monday, resulting in highway blockages and traffic snarls. This led to several people opposing the strike on social media.

Some Twitter users furnished ‘evidence’ to indicate that the strike was a ‘failure’.

“My city is fully open,” one account posted with an image of a city road brimming with activity and traffic, in an attempt to indicate that the bandh, called by the farmers’ union, Samyukta Kisan Morcha, was a washout.

Shubham Pathak, whose Twitter account suggests he is from Surat, said: “My city is fully open. Surat do not support Bharat bandh (sic)”. His comment received over 1,000 retweets and 1,500 likes.

BJP worker Srishiraj received nearly 400 retweets and over 400 likes for his tweet which parroted Pathak’s: “My city is fully open. Patna do not support Bharat bandh (sic).”

Similar posts from other users were also put up.

In many of these tweets, even the same visual of a street was posted, with some claiming it’s in Patna and others Surat.

The posts were eventually called out and mocked for the inaccurate claims.

Fact check

The image is actually of Patna and not Surat, but is not from Monday. Rather, it dates back to a story from a local media source, PatnaBeats, about the launch of the Bihar capital’s odd-even parking on 2 November 2016.

The image was later used in 2017 in a story by Dainik Bhaskar on a ban on large and medium vehicles in the city during Durga Puja that year. “Vehicles going from Patna Junction to Gandhi Maidan will have to go through Exhibition Road,” the image’s caption says.

In collaboration with SM Hoaxslayer

(Edited by Paramita Ghosh)


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