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India Today, Times Now, ABP News, NDTV misreported on Khalid Saifi’s arrest



New Delhi: Delhi riots started on 23rd FEB and continued till 29th FEB. Reports say that the riots have taken more than 50 lives. The riots started when Anti-CAA protests and Pro-CAA protests were at a peak stage across the city. Delhi police have been arresting several people in relation to the riots and for making provocative speeches. Khalid Saifi one of the founding members of United Against Hate was also arrested by  SIT in a case related to Chand Bagh violence.

A viral claim is doing rounds across social media, mainstream news channels for the last few hours. Major Media houses published articles on the arrest of Khalid Saifi. India today says “Delhi Police arrests Khalid Saifi in Chand Bagh violence case“,(Archive).   Times Now published “Delhi riots: Police arrests man in Chand Bagh violence case“, (Archive) (Youtube video). Free Journal Press also published this, “Delhi Police arrests Khalid Saifi in Chand Bagh violence case: Who is he?” (Archive). NDTV hindi also reported “दिल्ली दंगों की साजिश के मामले में खालिद सैफी गिरफ्तार (Archive).

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ABP news covered this story, at 0:31 we can hear the reported is saying Crime Branch has arrested Khalis Saifi for Chand Bagh violence.

Twitter user, claiming that Khalid Saifi was arrested today:

Deepak Chaurasia, news anchor at NewsNation (always ahead in spreading misinformation) also tweeted the same. (Archive)

Mrs. Gandhi, (National Incharge of Social Media – BJP Mahila Morcha – World’s largest political party!), tweets “SIT has just arrested Khalid Saifi for orchestrating & planning Delhi riots along with Tahir Hussain & Umar Khalid. Sharing a few of his pics for an even better perspective of the company he keeps!”. (Archive).

Major Surendra Poonia also tweeted,

FactO Check:

We did a keyword search about Khalid Saifi and found two articles from, published on 27th FEB 2020 about Khalid Saifi’s arrest, another article published by the same media on 13th march about Khalid Saifi spotted walking with a broken leg. The video was allegedly taken when he was being shifted to jail after 14 days of police custody.  According to The Wire report published on 8th May, the Khalid Saifi bail plea was rejected when Sabu Ansari was granted bail. In the same article, The wire also wrote about Saifi’s arrest on 26th FEB.

Journalist Aditya Menon has also tweeted about Khalid Saifi’s arrest on 26th Feb 2020, we found a video on YouTube when Khalid was taken into custody on 26th FEB.

A post made by United against Hate page, where Khalid is a founding member, clearly states that he was booked in a third FIR on Sunday. They also mentioned he was first picked on 26th FEB.

So why Khalid Saifi is in news again?

When Times Now misreports in the tweet, in a video posted on their channel we can hear reporter Priyank narrates the real story. At 1:05 he says the Khalid was arrested earlier and Delhi Police has taken him under police custody, but the recent development is he was taken into custody by Crime Branch yesterday in Chand Bagh riot case.

Another article published by Maktoob Media, with heading “Delhi violence: Now, UAH activist Khalid Saifi booked in a third FIR“. The Delhi Police on Sunday ‘arrested’ activist Khalid Saifi who was already in custody and booked him in a third FIR related to the Delhi violence.

Another Journalist, Neha Dixit also slammed Times now for miss report.

Conclusion: According to all evidence and media reports, we conclude that the Khalid was already in Police custody, and his bail was also rejected on the 8th of May. On Sunday(7th June) he was just got booked in another FIR.

ClaimReview: Delhi Riot: Khalid Saifi Arrested by SIT today

Claim By: India Today, Times Now, ABP News

Fact Check by Facto News: FALSE

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TOI, HT, Zee News, and Republic have falsely claimed that Actor Javed Hyder is selling vegetables to make ends meet



Mumbai: Bollywood, one of the biggest industries in India,  has also suffered huge losses due to lock-down in Mumbai for the past 3 months. While most of the daily wagers working in Bollywood are struggling to meet their needs, some stars are using this time to spend with their families.

Recently, a video was viral on social media with the claim that Actor Javed Hyder, who has worked with Bollywood stars like Amir Khan is struggling to make his end meets. It was also claimed that actor has started to sell vegetables to support his family. Former Big Boss contestant Dolly Bindra has shared a video claiming that the actor is forced to sell vegetables to support his family. 

He is an actor aaj woh sabzi bech raha hain javed hyder Born: India. Javed Hyder is an Indian actor associated with the movie Baabarr (2009), and TV series Jeannie Aur Juju (2012). His 2017 release includes the Hindi drama film Life Ki Aisi Ki Taisi.


Prominent News agencies like Zee News, India TV, Hindustan Times, Times of India, Republic has also published articles claiming that Actor Javed Hyder has been seen selling vegetables due to lockdown.

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As we received several requests to fact check this claim, we did some web search and found that Quint has already debunked this fake news. According to Quint:

I Am Not Selling Vegetables for a Living’: Javed Hyder
“I recently joined TikTok and made a few videos as a vegetable seller, to motivate people,” Javed Hyder told The Quint.

“By god’s grace, I am not selling vegetables to earn a living. I downloaded TikTok and posed as a vegetable seller for a video that was widely shared and appreciated by people. When I made another video, Dolly Bindra shared it claiming that I have no work, due to which I am selling vegetables to make ends meet. This is not true.”
Javed Hyder, Actor

We also found an article from BollywoodLife quoted a report in which Javed said, “No, I am not a vegetable vendor. I am an actor by profession even now. The entire selling vegetable video was just an act and I had made that TikTok only to motivate my followers that one should not give up when times are tough and that no work is small or big. I had no idea that it would go out with this message. Dolly Bindra ji had shared the video on her social media handle stating that I’m selling vegetables now and I had even commented that it was only an act and nothing more, but I think people didn’t notice it and the video went viral overnight.”

Conclusion: So, the viral video with the claim that actor Javed Hyder is selling vegetables in lockdown is false and misleading. It was just an act he did for tik-tok before it was banned.

ClaimReview: Due to lockdown Actor Javed Hyder is selling vegetable

Claim By : Actor Dolly Bindra, News Agency Hindustan Times, Zee News, Republic Bharat

Fact Check By Facto News: FALSE

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A video from Russia is going viral as accident on Bengaluru-Mysore highway




Bengaluru: A video of an un-controlled truck crashing into 3-4 cars on the highway is going viral. The video is said to be from the Bengaluru-Mysore highway and is widely shared over WhatsApp and Social Media. The video is viral with different captions, a page called Today’s WhatsApp Vira has shared the video With Caption “This is in Mysore road Near Kengeri NEAR BANGALORE. in #Karnataka. Terrible, Horrible, unacceptable. Just now received. sharing as it is Source: Copy Paste From WhatsApp Group”.(Archive)

The Caption itself specifying that it was taken from Whatsapp, so we can imagine how viral this video could be on WhatsApp.

Another facebook page with over 2.2 lakhs likes has shared the video with the caption,”This is Mysore road, near kegel, just now recorded”.

FactO Check:
 We converted the video in frames and did a  reverse image search, which directed us to multiple articles on Russian news portals, here, here. Ruptly has also published an article on 17th June 2020. According to an article published by Ruplty and other news agencies, The accident happened on the M-5 highway “Ural”  in the Chelyabinsk region (Russia). Two people were killed and seven injured after a truck ran into five vehicles.

Conclusion: Everything you see on WhatsApp and Facebook/Twitter feeds are not true. We request you to check the authenticity before sharing it to your wall or forwarding to friends and family.

ClaimReview: Truck crashing cars on Bangalore-Mysore Highway

ClaimBy: Facebook user

Fact Check by FactoNews: FALSE

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No! Indira Gandhi didn’t address the army jawans at Galwan Valley as Congress claimed



The  violent face-off between Indian and Chinese troops at Galwan Valley has resulted in the death of 20 brave Indian soldiers. After the incident,  PM Modi has called in for an all-party meeting in which he said, “Na wahaan koi hamaari seema mein ghus gaya hai aur na hi koi ghusa hua hai, na hi hamaari koi post kisi doosre ke kabze mein hai (Neither they have entered our border, nor have any of our posts been in the possession of another)”.  This statement has triggered a lot of criticism from the opposition, Congress party. Rahul Gandhi, targeted PM Modi over his statements and shared the satellite images to claim that the Chinese have occupied Indian territory at Pangong Tso, and questioned PM Modi over the alleged intrusion.

At this point, a  lot of  Congress’s official Twitter handles have tweeted an image of  former Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi, addressing Indian Jawans in the backdrop of mountains. The image went viral with a claim that the Indira Gandhi was addressing Army jawans at Galwan Valley. Many social media users have share this viral claim.

UP Congress, @INCUttarPradesh has shared this image from their official handle. The tweet has garnered more than 2.2k retweets and 9.2k likes. Archived here

Youth Congress, @IYC has also shared this viral image with a caption, “While one roared, another cowered”. The tweet got more than 1000 retweets. Archived here

FactO Check:

A simple reverse image search has directed us to an article in a  website called, “art-sheep.  According to the article, the picture was taken in Leh, 1971, when former PM Indira Gandhi was addressing jawans.

The same picture can also be found in PTI’s old photo archives. A simple search by keyword, ‘Indira-Gandhi-Leh-1971’, would direct to the picture.

Conclusion: It is evident that the picture was taken in Leh (1971) but not at Galwan ValleySo the claim that Indira Gandhi has addressed the jawans at Galwan Valley is false and misleading.

ClaimReview: Former PM Indira Gandhi addressing Army jawans at Galwan Valley.

Claim By: @IYC , INCUttarPradesh

Fact Check by Facto News: FALSE

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