An image showing a railway station signboard with texts that reads: “Tamil Nadu Says Go Back Modi” and “We Hate You” is viral on social media platforms.
The image comes before Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits Chennai on 26 May. PM will be laying the foundation stones of 11 projects worth Rs 31,400 crore.
However, we have verified the signboard and found it digitally altered. The original signboard is from Kanniyakumari railway station and the text on the board reads: “Kanyakumari”.
The image is in circulation with a caption: “Tamil Nadu Always says #GoBackModi”.
On conducting a reverse image search of the viral photo, we found the image of the original signboard with the same background used in articles published in 2016 by The Better India and Business Insider.
The credit for the image is given to Canadian artist and photographer Ed Hanley. He took the photo while travelling from Assam to Tamil Nadu; the longest train journey in India covering 4,273 km in 83 hours.
For more clarity to our readers, we have highlighted the similarity in a collage below:
We also found a video uploaded on 3 March 2016 on a YouTube channel named EdHanleyTabla. The video is titled ‘Kanyakumari Express Timelapse’ and it carries the viral images’ original version at 1:42 timestamp.
Therefore, it is evident from the above finding that the viral image of the Railway station signboard was digitally altered.