UP Police has denied a piece of fake news that is being spread on social media that, BJP leaders are behind the murder of BJP worker Surendra Singh in Amethi.
Surendra was a former village head who was a close aide of Amethi MP Smriti Irani and worked on the ground level during the election campaign for Smriti Irani ahead of elections.
Local BJP workers and his family members had alleged that he was killed by his political enemy for working for BJP.
In development to the story, today several people started claiming that UP DGP has said that Singh was killed by a fellow BJP leader due to intra-party rivalry. Several office-bearers of the Congress party posted the fake news on Twitter, based a report by ET.
National Convenor of Congress Media cell has also posted the fake news, that the close aide of Smriti Irani was killed by BJP workers who were his local rivals and not due to Congress conspiracy. She claimed that the UP police had confirmed the same.
Several other Congress functionaries and supporters spread the same claim, all of them quoting media reports which were based on comments made by OP Singh, the Director General of Police (DGP) in UP.
When the same claim was made by the official Twitter handle of Chandigarh Congress Sevadal, it came to the notice of UP police. The official Twitter handle of UP Police tweeted that this is a deliberate distortion of facts, and said that the reports they are quoting itself do not say that DGP named any political party was involved in the crime.
They also informed that they are forwarding the tweet to Amethi police for taking legal action of spreading the fake news.
If we go by the media reports quoted by the Congress leaders, it becomes clear that the UP DGP didn’t name BJP or any other party while talking about the murder. His statement as quoted in the Hindustan Times reports is, “We have arrested three suspects. Two suspects are still absconding and we will nab them soon. On the basis of all evidence, it is very clear that this is a case of local level political rivalry.” NDTV also has published the same quote. The Economic Times has paraphrased the DGP but the comment is the same as other reports.
Congress social media team member, Gaurav Pandhi, who has earlier been caught spreading fake news, deleted his tweet after UP Police called out the lies. However, UP Police continued to maintain the tough stand. UP Police has promised a threadbare investigation and an FIR has been lodged in this regard already.
Image credits: New Indian Express