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No, Rahul Gandhi Is Not Posing With The Pulwama Attack Suicide Bomber

No, Rahul Gandhi Is Not Posing With The Pulwama Attack Suicide Bomber

The photoshopped picture claims that Adil Ahmed Dar is a close aide of Rahul Gandhi.

An image showing Congress President Rahul Gandhi alongside slain terrorist Adil Ahmed Dar, is photoshopped.

The image has gone viral on social media claiming Congress is behind the deadly attack in Pulwama district in Jammu and Kashmir on February 14, 2019.

The photoshopped picture, shows Rahul Gandhi wearing a skull cap and posing with a man outside a dargah on which Dar’s face has been added.

Dar claimed responsibility for the attack on a convoy of paramilitary forces in Pulwama, which killed at least 37 CRPF soldiers. The death toll is expected to cross 40.

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The photo is viral on Facebook with a caption in Hindi which holds the Congress party responsible for the attack.

(Hindi text – भारतीय फौज पर हमला करने बाला नीकला राहुल गांधी का खास। क्या इस हमले के पीछे कांग्रेस का हाथ तो नहीं )

The photoshopped photo claims slain terrorist behind Pulwama attack Adil Ahmad Dar, is a close aide of Congress president Rahul Gandhi
Screengrab of the viral post on Facebook claiming slain terrorist Adil Ahmad Dar is a close aide of Gandhi

The set of three photos show a screen grab from Dar’s video where he declares that he and Jaish-e-Mohammed take responsibility for the Pulwama attack. A second photo showing Gandhi sitting beside a man which has Dar’s face photoshopped on it and the third where Gandhi is sitting at a table beside former J&K chief Minister Omar Abdullah. The photos aim to show that Gandhi is posing with Dar and claim that he was Congress president’s close aide.

The fake picture is also now finding its way to Twitter.

FACT-CHECK

The photo of Gandhi and Dar is visibly photoshopped and also BOOM ran a reverse image search and found that the orginal is from 2014 in Uttar Pradesh.

The reverse image search showed results from photo wire agency Getty Images where it can be seen that the man beside Gandhi is not Dar.

The original photo is from 2014 during Rahul Gandhi's campaign in Barabanki, Uttar Pradesh
Screengrab of the original photo on Getty showin Rahul Gandhi with suporters outside a dargah in Barabanki

According to the caption on Getty Images, the photo was clicked in February 2014 when Gandhi visited the dargah of Sufi saint Haji Waris Ali Shah in Barabanki in Uttar Pradesh.

The caption on Getty does not identify the man besides Gandhi and only says, “Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi after paying obeisance at the dargah of renowned sufi saint Haji Waris Ali Shah on February 28, 2014 in Barabanki, India. Rahul Gandhi formally kicked off his partys campaign for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections with a road show.” Click here to view the photo on Getty Images

The same man can be seen in other photos from Gandhi’s 2014 visit to the Haji Waris Ali Shah dargah in Barabanki.

The same photo from a different angle as seen on Getty Images

The same photo from a slightly different angle was tweeted by the Congress twitter handle on March 1, 2014 with the caption, “Rahul Gandhi at the Dargah of Haji Waris Ali Shah, Deva Sharif, Barabanki yesterday #RGinUP”

The photograph showing Rahul Gandhi and Omar Abdullah can be found in this news article by Times Now.

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Claim Review : Pulwama suicide bomber is close aide of Rahul Gandhi

Fact Check : False

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A former city correspondent covering crime, Nivedita is a fact checker at BOOM and works to stop the spread of disinformation and misinformation. When not at work, she escapes into second-hand bookstores, looking for magic or a mystery.

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