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Photoshopped Image Of Sambit Patra Eating With A Homeless Couple On A Footpath Surfaces

Photoshopped Image Of Sambit Patra Eating With A Homeless Couple On A Footpath Surfaces

BOOM found that the picture is a composite of two separate images which was photoshopped to troll Patra.

Sambit Patra Eating On Footpath

An image of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesperson Sambit Patra having a meal with a homeless couple on a pavement, is photoshopped.

The picture is a composite of two separate images and was created as a gag to troll Patra.

However, the fake image is now being shared with many people believing it to be true.

The photoshopped image was tweeted by the account @Ind_Arya on Twitter.

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Tweet showing Sambit Patra
Tweet showing Sambit Patra

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The tweet read, ‘Sambit Patra’s new announcement. To see poverty first hand I will eat on the footpath and will sleep on it at night.’

“शंबित पात्रा का नया ऐलान, ‘पुरी’ गरिबी को करीब से देखने के लिये पात्रा फुटपाथ पर बैठके खाना खायेंगे और रात में फुटपाथ पर सो जायेंगे,”

A Facebook user named Shiv Rajput shared the photshopped picture thinking it was true.

The caption in Hindi reads, “भगवन श्री राम के कुल देवता जगननाथ पूरी मे संबित पात्रा की सादगी”

The image was also tweeted by Congress leader Nagma Morarji. The actor turned politician deleted her tweet after BOOM called out her tweet.

FACT-CHECK

The image is visibly photoshopped with the lighting on Patra starkly brighter compared to the rest of the image.

A reverse image search of the photo did not yield any results.

We also tried cropping the photo and searching for it separately. However, that also did not throw up any results.

We then changed the horizontal orientation of the picture and performed a reverse image search again.

Image orientation reversed

An India.com article dated May 24, 2016, featured the original image.

India.com featuring the original photo
India.com featuring the original photo

We also found the original photo from which Patra’s image was cropped out.

Sambit Patra who is set to contest the upcoming Lok Sabha elections from Puri, Odisha has been visiting his constituents as part of his election outreach.

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Anmol Alphonso is a fact-checker with BOOM. He has previously interned at IndiaSpend as a fact-checker and was a reporting intern at Times of India, Indian Express, and Mid-Day. He is a post-graduate diploma holder in journalism from St Paul’s Institute of Communication Education, Mumbai.

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