New Delhi: A screenshot of a news bulletin, claiming to be of Hindi channel Aaj Tak, is being widely shared on social media. It quotes Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath as saying “Thakuron ka khoon garam hai, thakuron se galtiyan ho jati hai” (Thakurs are hot blooded, they tend to make mistakes) in connection with the alleged gang-rape and assault of a 20-year-old woman in Hathras.
The unverified image has been shared on multiple WhatsApp groups even as users have questioned its veracity.
Several users on Facebook have also shared the screenshot.
ये आजतक न्यूज चैनल को बदनाम करने के लिए पेशे से एक लोकल पत्रकार हैं देखिये इनकी क्या मानसिकता है जो एडिट फोटो वायरल…
जब दलितों का खून गर्म होगा तब भीमा कोरेगांव युद्ध को दोहराया जाएगा।
The post has been shared and re-shared multiple times on Twitter too.
योगी जी का शर्मनाक बयान😭
"ठाकुरों का खून गर्म है,
ठाकुरों से गलतियां हो जाती हैं" pic.twitter.com/DEhxbGsdLD
— श्वेता (@Reporter_Shweta) October 2, 2020
— official Hemant Bairwa (@Hemant__bairwa) October 3, 2020
The template of the news bulletin has, however, been altered to falsely claim that CM Adityanath made such a statement.
There is no space between the two punctuation marks and their corresponding words in the bulletin. Zooming in on the image also shows a patch right above the second word of the quote. There is a variation in the colour outlining the rectangle-shaped bulletin too, which makes it clear that the template has been superimposed.
A comparison of the altered image with an original bulletin reveals this superimposition.
In collaboration with SM Hoaxslayer.