False claim saying 300 Sadhus tested Covid positive due to sharing Chillum viral
Amidst this pandemic, a news of 300 Sadhu’s testing Covid positive in Jaipur after sharing a chillum with an infected person has swept social media. This claim is being circulated in form of news clipping and a short video.
Recently Facebook and Twitter became viral with people widely sharing the following post which claims that 300 Sadhu’s got tested covid positive after sharing chillum with an infected Sadhu.
The following post was shared on Facebook by ‘Aabid Kpd’ on May 3rd and has 509 shares.
This was again shared on Facebook by ‘Md Minhajul Haque’ on 2nd May and has 590 shares.
This video was tweeted by ‘Arunima’ on 28th April and has 1.3k views and 179 retweets.
क्या मंदिर में ऐसी हरकत करने वाले बाबाओं पर तब्लीगी जमात की तरह होगा केस। मंदिर में चिलम पीने से 300 लोग हुए कोरोना के शिक।र । गोदी मीडिया खामोश🤔 pic.twitter.com/bVlHKXyhT5
— Arunima (@Asli_Arunima) April 28, 2020
This has the link to the Patrika News article which has been taken down now
इस पर भी मीडिया को बोलना चाहिए। #jahilbhakt 🤣😂 pic.twitter.com/Ig2z6CDJA0
— Arshad Iqbal (@ArshadI95931361) May 3, 2020
This was uploaded by ‘Arshad Iqbal’ on May 3rd.
The following video also got viral along with the newspaper clipping
This post was uploaded by ‘Sk Faiz’ on May 3rd and has 685 views and 179 shares.
Patrika, the Media House from which the video was taken and article posted, has been taken down
300 Sadhu’s were not tested covid positive after sharing a chillum in Jaipur.
The following news was verified by the Press Information Bureau, Rajasthan.
दावा: एक न्यूज़ पोर्टल "न्यूज़ झारखण्ड" ने दावा किया है की जयपुर के ट्रांसपोर्ट नगर क्षेत्र में एक साधु की चिलम के कारण 300 लोगो में कोरोना का संक्रमण फैला है #PIBFactCheck: जिला कलेक्टर,जयपुर के अनुसार प्रकाशित खबर की कोई सत्यता नहीं है व इस प्रकार की कोई घटना घटित नहीं हुई है। pic.twitter.com/J9srsw4jT7
— PIB in Rajasthan (@PIBJaipur) April 28, 2020
According to the District Collector, Jaipur, there is no veracity of the published news and no such incident has taken place as tweeted by PIB.
The following fake news was also busted by NewsMobile and Facthunt.