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UP doctor dies, social media posts claim it was after she was attacked by Covid-19 patient

Social media posts linked the doctor's death to a patient who had attended the Tablighi Jamaat event in Delhi and an alleged 'corona-jihad' by Muslims.

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New Delhi: A social media post has emerged claiming a doctor in Uttar Pradesh had died of the Covid-19 infection after contracting it from “Islamic Jihadi patients” who attacked her.

According to the post, which was put up on Twitter and Facebook, Dr Vandana Tiwari contracted the virus while trying to test patients, and insinuated that the patients were among those who attended the Tablighi Jamaat congregation in Delhi’s Nizamuddin last month. The post includes a photograph of an injured woman lying on a hospital bed.

The post was shared by the Hindu Yuva Vahini Surat in-charge Sumer Chaudhary and was liked 1,700 times and shared over 700 times.

Another Twitter user ‘Bindiya Rajput’ also shared the post, which was liked 4,000 times. Similar posts about this alleged incident have been shared on Facebook and Twitter.

The Tablighi Jamaat congregation, held in New Delhi mid-March, has become the largest vector of the Covid-19 infection in South Asia, resulting in a controversy targeting Muslims.

There have also been reports of some of the Tablighi patients ‘misbehaving’ with medical personnel, abusing and harassing them at quarantine camps.

Also read: NSA slapped against quarantined Tablighi Jamaat members who harassed nurses in Ghaziabad

Fact check

The woman in the photograph is Dr Vandana Tiwari, and it is true that she passed away. However, she died of a brain haemorrhage on 1 April at a hospital in Gwalior.

Tiwari was a pharmacist in Shivpuri Medical College in Madhya Pradesh and was part of a Covid-19 containment team. According to a report in a local newspaper, she was brought to the hospital on 31 March as her health deteriorated while on duty. She was later referred to a hospital in Gwalior.

The post began making the rounds on social media on 8 April. The Uttar Pradesh Police put out tweet clarifying that the incident had nothing to do with the state, while police in Agra also tweeted that their cyber cell will further investigate the matter.

While some of the tweets have since been deleted, others are still available on Facebook and Twitter.

Many fake posts criticising and attacking the Tablighis have emerged. Among them are claims of a ‘corona-jihad’ being waged by Muslims.

(In collaboration with Hoax Slayer)

Also read: Call it a mistake, not conspiracy against India, say Muslim scholars on Tablighi Jamaat event

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  1. Corona virus also effects brain in some people as per the reports. They must find out root cause of the death to conclude.

  2. Needless to say Yes they are irresponsible reckless and idiot bunch of people in the universe. Low level thinking people, lower than the worst tribes living in deep jungles.

  3. What kind of fastcheck is this? How did the young woman die of brain hemorrhage? What was the reason of hemorrhage? Can you fast check???

    • The haemorrhage was caused due to continuous overtime shifts at the Shivpuri Medical College. She first complained of headache but continued working nevertheless. This led to her collapse on 31st March, which was diagnosed as brain haemorrhage on 1st April.

  4. Social media also has the same problem like main stream media. Even main stream media also quick to jump into assumptions and conclusions, and present the same as well researched. We have many such reckless writers across the board.

    • Media is not jumping to conclusion. But spread apprehensions to get TPR….measuring TPR and publishing it should be banned…

  5. The mood point is if and when these fake news peddlers will be punished or this will just become yesterdays news.

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