A viral image of the ‘Chaiiwala’ restaurant in London sporting a sketch of Indian Air Force Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman drinking tea, is photoshopped.
The fake image has gone viral with a Hindi caption that translates to, ‘A Modi-fan in Britain has named his coffee shop ‘Chaiiwala’ and has displayed wing commander Abhinandan’s photo making it look all the more spectacular.’
(Translated from Hindi text – ब्रिटेन में मोदी के एक प्रशंसक ने अपनी कॉफीशॉप का नाम “चायवाला” रखा है और उसे विंग कमांडर अभिनंदन की तस्वीर के साथ चार चाँद लगा दिए) |
BOOM found several Facebook pages and Twitter handles sharing the photoshopped picture.
BOOM got in touch with the people running the Chaiiwala restaurant. In their response through email, the restaurant denied the claim and told us that the image was photoshopped.
A reverse image search led us to a few URLs carrying the same picture sans Wing Commander Abhinandan’s image on the cafe’s signboard.
We also matched the address of the outlet carrying the photoshopped image of Abhinandan with Chaiiwala outlets in London and found that they were one and the same.
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Sumit is a fact checker and the News Editor of Boom's Hindi wing. In the six years of his journalistic career, he has worked with the New Indian Express, Times of India and Deccan Chronicle. The dynamic nature of digital media finally made him take the leap from print to online, and don the hat of a digital detective.
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