Uttar Pradesh: Nationwide protests have been going on from the past few days demanding justice for the alleged rape of a 19-year old Dalit woman from Hathras by four upper cast men. Uttar Pradesh’s Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has recommended CBI’s probe for Hathras case. Meanwhile, a lot of fake news surrounding the Hathras case is going viral across social media. Few days back FactO News had debunked one such claim, where an image of an unrelated girl went viral as Hathras victim.
Recently many social media users have started sharing a picture of a man with popular BJP leaders, claiming him to be the father of Sandeep Thakur, one of the accused in Hathras alleged rape case.
A twitter user @Rofl_Lalu shared the images of the man with Narendra Modi and Yogi Adityanath and claimed that he is the father of Sandeep, one of the accused in the Hathras case.
हाथरस की बेटी मनीषा के आरोपी सन्दीप के पिता की कुछ यादगार तस्वीर सबकुछ बयां कर देती है pic.twitter.com/Ww8dTtugyc
— Rofl Lalu (@Rofl_Lalu) October 2, 2020
Another user @JagdishMulniwa1 has also shared similar images and claimed the same. The tweet went viral with almost 2k retweets
Who is the man in the viral pictures?
We have received many requests from our readers to fact-check the viral claim. In our research, we found that the man in the viral images is Dr. Shyam Prakash Dwivedi, a Prayagraj based BJP leader. The images shared by twitter users in the viral posts are seen to be used from his official Facebook account. Two days after the Hathras incident, a BA girl student from Prayagraj filed a rape case against Dr. Dwivedi. ZeeNews has published an article on 16th Sept 2020. According to the article, the woman has lodged a complaint against Dr. Shyam Prakash and Dr. Anil Dwivedi accusing them of raping her in a hotel and again in her house.
Is he the father of one of the accused?
According to an article published by India Today, Sandeep’s (one of the accused) father was mentioned as Narendra. The article says that Narendra and Ramu (another accused) were accused of assaulting the grandfather of the victim in 2001.
When News24 UP and Uttarakhand interviewed the family of the accused in Hathras case, at 8:33 mark, the reporter can be seen asking the interviewee if he is Sandeep’s father, one of the accused.
Conclusion: It is evident that Dr. Shyam Prakash Dwivedi is not the father of the Sandeep, one of the accused in the Hathras case. Mr. Dwivedi is being investigated in a different case in Prayagraj, filed by a BA student girl for alleged rape.