Did they change the religion of the Acid attack convict in Chhapaak ?

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Bollywood actress @DeepikaPadukone visited students of JNU who were hurt in the violence which led to the hashtag “#BoycottChhapaak” trending.
Chhapaak is a movie releasing tomorrow, based on the life of a acid attack victim, Laxmi Aggrawal, attacked in 2005 by Naeem Khan. She later fought the case which can be read here

Following this, a ‘news’ is viral that in the movie, the makers have changed the religion of the convict. They changed the name of character of Naeem Khan to Rajesh Sharma.

 

Swarajya published an article (Their tweet has been deleted and article updated) with following headline

“The main accused in Lakshmi’s acid case was Naeem Khan but he is said to have been named “Rajesh” in Deepika’s movie”

Deleted Tweet (archived)

The URL of the updated article is still the original one, only the contents have been changed. While the URL has Rajesh, it’s no where in the article.

https://swarajyamag.com/news-brief/the-ways-of-bollywood-in-deepika-padukone-starer-chhapaak-acid-attacker-naeem-khan-becomes-rajesh

Tweet by the CEO of Swarajya is still online though, archived here

 

Editor of Opindia, Nupur Sharma also tweeted it which she has deleted now, it was retweeted 8693 times

Deleted tweet – https://twitter.com/UnSubtleDesi/status/1214802540946055168

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Subramanian Swamy‘s tweet has been retweeted approximately 17,000 times

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A tweet by Advocate Prashant Patel had more than 7000 retweets

Gaurav Pradhan’s tweet has been retweeted by more than 6000 people

ROHIT CHAHAL (National Media In-Charge and In-Charge of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh at Bharatiya Janata Party (Youth Wing) BJYM | National Shooter (Tweets r my Personal View)) tweeted
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No, the religion of the convict hasn’t been changed, only the name. From Naeaam Khan aka Guddu, it’s been changed to Bashir Khan aka Babboo.

Rajesh is the name of boyfriend of acid attack victim Malti (Laxmi in real life)

Abhinandan Sekhri, Co-Founder of an online news portal News Laundary claimed that he saw the screening of the movie and the relgion of the attacker was not changed.

He quoted the false tweet of Swarajya, which they deleted, but you can see it’s archived version here

Aman Sharma, a journalist with Economic Times tweeted

PTI Journalist, Radhika Sharma, also cleared the same

 

Further, we talked to an actress who watched the premiere of the movie yesterday night and she agreed withe same, that the convict is named Bashir Khana aka Baboo.

 

 

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