A set of two viral images purported to show former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan is faking a fractured arm, are false. The second image is a mirrored image, where the horizontal orientation of the picture has been flipped.
In the first image, Chouhan, wearing a white and blue striped shirt, can be seen with a blue plaster on his right hand. Meanwhile in the second picture, a selfie of Chouhan with a party worker, the cast appears to shift to his left arm.
The set of images is viral on Facebook with the false claim that the former CM was faking an injury on multiple occasions.
The same was tweeted by South Mumbai’s Congress member @RiaRevealed.
With derogatory captions, the tweets and posts have taken a dig at Chouhan for conveniently faking the fractured arm.
The same image was sent to BOOM on its helpline number (7700906111) , for verification.
The second image in the collage is a selfie, which is a mirrored image. Multiple netizens pointed out the same.
We were able to ascertain that the selfie was taken when Chouhan landed in Jhabua, Madhya Pradesh on September 30, along with other BJP representatives Rakesh Singh and Gopal Bharagava. The leaders were present in Jhabua for the campaign of Bhanu Bhuriya, representing the party in the Jhabua assembly bypolls.
BOOM found multiple clues from social media posts which ascertained that Chouhan had indeed fractured his right arm.
In the Facebook post below, Chouhan can be seen with the same security guards who are present in the selfie.
Chauhan can be seen below with the same blue cast on his right arm and wearing a dark brown jacket. While the guard in the middle wears the watch on the left wrist (marked in left wrist), unlike the selfie.
Furthermore, we also found the individual who took the original selfie with Chouhan. In the below tweet, he can be seen walking with state president of BJP, MP Rakesh Singh.https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EFslMZ3UcAE5cPa?format=jpg&name=large
Several other videos and photographs from September 30’s campaign also corroborate the fact about Chouhan’s right arm being injured.
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Swasti Chatterjee is a fact-checker and the Deputy News Editor of Boom's Bangla team. She has worked in the mainstream media, in the capacity of a reporter and copy editor with The Times of India, The Indian Express and NDTV.com and is now working as a digital detective, debunking fake news.
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