Kerala: The brutal killing of an 15-year-old pregnant elephant which died in Palakkad district of Kerala was given communal angle again, yesterday we reported that how a section of social media users were falsely targeting Muslims for the Death of Pregnant Elephant, now many have deleted their tweets after exposed.
In a fresh controversy, again many social media users have started calling out two names ‘Amjad Ali and Thamim Shaikh’ and claiming that they are arrested by Kerala Police on pregnant elephant’s murder charges.
Amar Prasad Reddy, media advisor to the Union Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare, was one of the earliest to tweet. He later took it down but not before it garnered thousands of likes and retweets (archive). He subsequently tweeted a clarification.
News Nation anchor Deepak Chaurasia tweets ““केरल में में गर्भवती हथिनी की हत्या के मामले में दो लोगों को गिरफ्तार किया गया है। हत्या के मामले में अमजद अली और तमीम शेख की गिरफ्तारी हुई है। इन आरोपियों पर कड़ी कारवाई होनी चाहिए” (Two people have been arrested for the murder of pregnant elephant in Kerala, Amjad Ali and Tameem Saikh arrested on the charge of murder, extreme punishment should be given to these accused.) (archive).
Sudarshan News published an article with similar claim (archive).
Others who pushed the anti-Muslim narrative were author Ravi Rai (archive), BJP leader Varun Gandhi’s secretary Ishita Yadav (archive), VHP member Abishek Mishra (archive), BJP UP member Richa Rajpoot (archive), OpIndia sub-editor Anupam Singh (archive), columnist Rakesh Krishnan Simha (archive), Twitter user BALA @erbmjha (archive) and Twitter account of Hindu nationalist party in Kerala Indu Makkal Katchi (archive).
We tried to contact the Palakkad Police station but unfortunately, we couldn’t establish any communication. However, according to an article published by Alt News, the Palakkad Superintendent of Police G Siva Vikram has termed the social media claims “fake” and informed that a man named P Wilson has been arrested in the matter. This was also reported by DD News Malayalam, The News Minute, and Hindustan Times.
While talking to Alt News SP G Siva Vikram also told that the two people who were let off were not named Amzath Ali and Thamim Shaikh.
Major breakthrough in investigation on killing of Elephant in Kerala : First arrest recorded of a person named Wilson. Two more suspects being questioned. @DDNewslive— DD News Malayalam (@DDNewsMalayalam) June 5, 2020
ClaimReview: Amjad Ali and Thamim Shaikh were arrested for the elephant killing case in Kerala
Claim By: Deepka Chaurasia, Sudarshan News, Amar Prasad Reddy
Fact Check by Facto News: FALSE