An image of a man spilling milk on the streets of Nagpur has gone viral on Twitter. A Twitter handle Rishi Bagree with a large following of right-wing sympathisers claimed that the man in the image who snatched milk from the poor farmers and "spilled it on the road" is a Congress leader from Nagpur.
The handle Rishi Bagree is followed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, National President for BJP Amit Shah and Union Cabinet Minister of Textiles Smriti Irani.�His tweet was retweeted more than 900 times and was liked more than 800 times.
This Nagpur Congress neta snatched milk from poor Farmers & spilled it on road . He also abused & threatened police men when they try to stop him pic.twitter.com/T93ncTrFIR� Rishi Bagree ?? (@rishibagree) June 4, 2018
Another Twitter handle Gaurav Pradhan, known for sharing unverified images and videos on the platform (Read here, here, here), also shared the same image, calling the man a Congress leader.
Retweeted Rishi Bagree ?? (@rishibagree):This Nagpur Congress neta snatched milk from poor Farmers & spilled it on road . He also abused & threatened police men when they try to stop him pic.twitter.com/NN4bBB1GDD � Rajshri Mahtani (@rajshri_mahtani) June 4, 2018
This image has also gone viral on Facebook with co-founder of fake news website Postcard Vivek Shetty using the same narrative. His post on Facebook has been shared�906 times and has received 84 comments. But who is this guy in white kurta who is seen forcibly spilling milk on the road and pointing a finger at the policeman.
Another Shocking incident from Nagpur.This guy in image is Nagpur Congress neta, he snatched milk from poor Farmers & spilled it on road . He also abused & threatened policemen when they try to stop This is @incindia for U viaWA pic.twitter.com/FmJ4Ov66hJ � #GauravPradhan ?? (@DrGPradhan) June 4, 2018
We found that the man who is now infamous on social media is Prashant Prabhakar Pawar. We also found a link from the website�myneta.info�giving a description of Prashant Pawar as a candidate from Raj Thackeray-led Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) for the state assembly elections, 2014. BOOM spoke to Prashant Pawar after finding his number on the website myneta.info. Pawar said, " I have no links with any of the political parties. I was linked to the NSUI in 1984 but nothing after that. I have worked with the MNS in the past but I am not linked to any party anymore." Talking about the incident, he said, " I was representing the Jai Jawan Jai Kisan Sangathan and not any party." A news article in the Times of India published today also describes him from Jai Jawan Jai Kisan. BOOM also found a link to ABPMajha which mentions the organisation did spill milk during the recent protests in Nagpur.
Nagpur: Protesters spilled milk on road against Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh's remark on the ongoing farmers' strike; distributed milk to locals who came up with utensils requesting for it #Maharashtra pic.twitter.com/ke71cKYJpm� ANI (@ANI) June 4, 2018