Multiple images of wooden furniture and home decor are viral on social media with false claims that they are from former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah’s residence.
The set of photographs consists of intricately carved wooden furnishings and furniture.
The posts have been captioned on Facebook as: “Ex C.M.Mr OMAR ABDULLAH’s residence in Jammu and Kashmir.Literally he might have destroyed Complete J&K Forest it self.” (sic)
The misleading post is viral on Facebook.
Abdullah has been under house arrest after Article 370 was revoked from Jammu and Kashmir and the state was stripped of its autonomous status by the Indian government on August 5, 2019.
The same set of images is doing the rounds on WhatsApp as well with a similar narrative.
In fact, the same images have been used in a blog post with the title, Omar Abdullah’s Bungalow Glance.
BOOM found that the images of the wooden furniture and home decor have been curated from multiple websites which featured these images as part of Do It Yourself (DIY) tricks to make wooden furniture.
A couple of the images have also been sourced from American wooden furniture makers as well.
The image was uploaded on Toolcraft, an American website that deals in hardwear. In an article post by the website, the dining table is said to be the creation of George Nakashima, an American woodworker and furnituremaker. The article was uploaded on May, last year.
BOOM observed that the photograph has a watermark of Edenwood 2014. Upon relevant keyword searches, we found the same zipper table, that has been a patent for the American furniture company Edenwood, for quite some time now.
The zipper table features in the video titled ’20 Amazing WoodWorking Skills Techniques Tools. Wood DIY Projects You MUST See | FW Channel 2018′ that was uploaded to YouTube on April last year.
BOOM could trace the outdoor dining table with a planter in the centre to this DIY project and crafts making website.
The image of an intricately carved dining table, photographed with crockery placed on it, also features in the article titled ’18 Of The Most Insane Table Designs You Will Ever See’, that was uploaded on September, 2014. It was traced to an Imgur post, that was uploaded on 2013.
BOOM observed that the image has a watermark of Halcyon Furniture Ltd. We found that the same image was uploaded on Halcyon Furniture’s official Facebook page on January, last year.
BOOM found that the image of the outdoor cat tower was uploaded to a website that curates designs for people planning to decorate their houses. The photo was uploaded in January this year.
An image of a horse shoe candle stand was also traced to a DIY website, that uploaded the same image on June this year.
The photograph of the same wedding cup cake holder was uploaded on Facebook in May last year.
The image of the wooden bar was traced to a United States-based furniture website Woodland Creek which is selling it from $4195.
BOOM could trace the image of the kitchen countertop to a website that uploaded the same photograph on March 2011.
An image of a wooden table was traced to a website that deals in wooden handcrafted table tops and decorated interiors.
Debunked images revived to claim that they are Omar Abdullah’s residence
The post also featured a series of old images of hotels, which were earlier debunked by BOOM, to falsely claim that they are Abdullah’s present residence.
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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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