Stan Swamy, a tribal activist who was accused in the Bhima Koregaon case, passed away in Mumbai’s Holy Family Hospital
on Monday, where he had been on a ventilator since Sunday. After learning of his death, several social media users shared an image of an elderly man sitting in a hospital bed with an oxygen mask on his face and his feet tied to the bed railing.
The viral posts shared, claimed the the person seen in it is Late Stan Swamy and reads, “Age 84. Parkinson’s diseases. Ailing in hospital. CHAINED TO HIS BED. Can he escape. The Govt needs to answer. Now no more RIP Fr Stan. Swamy.“
Ailing in hospital.
CHAINED TO HIS BED.
Can he escape.
The Govt needs to answer.
Now no more
RIP Fr Stan. Swamy. pic.twitter.com/1IBBrUgba6
— Vinod Noronha (@noronha_vinod) July 5, 2021
— Mathew Samuel (@mathewsamuel011) July 5, 2021
Several individuals on Twitter and Facebook chastised the authorities for their ill treatment of Late Fr Stan Swamy, without knowing the entire reality of the photograph.
— Nikhil Kumar 🇮🇳 (@nikhilkumarIND) July 5, 2021
Translation: “Shameful picture.. Keep in mind the age of the Stan swami. Humble tribute.”
NO Civilized Country would treat an unwell 84yrs old under trail like this, keeping him in jail itself is against Justice System!#RIPFatherStanSwamy Injustice to you will NEVER be forgotten! pic.twitter.com/6se0odPLfR
— Anil Chaturvedi (@anilpricha) July 5, 2021
Imagine in a democratic country founded by likes of mahatma nehru kriplani and dr radha krishna a 84 yr old innocent man was chained to his hospital bed. pic.twitter.com/NuaQHML1kO
— Raghu (Jai Congress) (@FirsebolRaghu) July 5, 2021
No, this image is not of Stan Swamy’s last days at the hospital.
The image is of Baburam Balwan Singh (92), a convicted murderer, was taken to a local hospital in Uttar Pradesh’s Etah district in May 2021 due to respiratory problems and was shackled to his hospital bed throughout treatment.
We found several news stories regarding the event with Baburam Balwan Singh and his hospital visit in Etah, Uttar Pradesh, using Google’s reverse image search. While the articles by revolved around Baburam Balwan Singh’s shackled treatment at the hospital and the actions taken against the officers incharge, the article by had details regarding Singh’s conviction in a murder case.
While the May 13, 2021 IndiaTV and India Today coverage focused on Baburam Balwan Singh’s chained treatment at the hospital and the actions taken against the officers in charge, the May 14, 2021 Times of India’s piece included information about Singh’s conviction in a murder case.
उपरोक्त ट्वीट का डीजी जेल श्री आनंद कुमार जी द्वारा तत्काल संज्ञान लेते हुए घटना से संबंधित जेल वार्डर अशोक यादव को तत्काल प्रभाव से निलंबित किए जाने के आदेश दिए गए हैं एवं पर्यवेक्षणीय अधिकारी का भी स्पष्टीकरण मांगा गया है दोषी किसी भी अधिकारी या कर्मचारी को बख्शा नहीं जाएगा.
— DG PRISONS U.P (@DgPrisons) May 13, 2021
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