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

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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 maktoobmedia.com/, 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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Navika Kumar falsely claims that Congress has deleted Ahmed Patel’s pic from their website after his demise

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Indian National Congress party veteran leader and Rajya Sabha MP Ahmed Patel passed away due to multiple organ failure on Wednesday. Ahmed Patel, the trusted aide to Sonia Gandhi was undergoing treatment for more than a month after he tested positive for Covid-19. The untimely demise of the veteran leader shook the party. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Amit Shah, Sonia Gandhi and several other leaders have condoled Patel’s demise.  Navika Kumar’s (editor/journalist of Times Now) latest tweet about Ahmed Patel has created a stir in social media. Navika Kumar posted a picture supposedly taken from the Indian National Congress party’s website and claimed the party has now deleted the picture of Ahmed Patel from their website.

The picture is supposed of a computer monitor which displays the Indian National Congress party’s website and its treasurers. The viral tweet has garnered over 100 retweets before got deleted. The image was followed by some philosophical speech which roughly translates to, “We have come empty-handed and will leave empty-handed, the world quickly forgets”. Please see the tweet here

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When Navika Kumar posted the tweet, many users in the comment section proved her wrong by posting the screenshots of the INC’s website which still has Ahmed Patel’s picture as the treasurer. One can see the same in INC’s website here.

Facing a backlash for her untimely and immature tweet, Navika Kumar has deleted the post and tweeted an explanation that when she saw the website, she couldn’t find the pic.

Conclusion: Navika Kumar’s claim is fake, misleading, and utterly baseless. Sometimes photos on the website take a while to load. This is a very common problem and depends on the site loading speed too. There could be other reasons too. If only Navika Kumar have patiently waited to refresh the page or check it from other devices, she could have escaped this embarrassment. Even though the follow-up tweet was intended for damage recovery, the last line, “Pareshaan Kyun ho Bhai log?” destroys the sole purpose and clearly shows the lack of responsibility from a renowned journalist. Of course, people would be anxious Navika ji, you are a journalist, they expect you to report facts, not gossips.

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Indian army denies media reports of ‘pinpoint strikes’ in PoK

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Several media agencies today, citing a report by Press Trust of India (PTI) and govt. sources have published and broadcasted news claiming that the Indian army has carried out an airstrike in PoK (Pakistan Occupied Kashmir). Times of India citing govt. sources published an article, “India carries out ‘pinpoint strikes’ on terror launch pads in PoK: Govt sources” claiming that heavy damage was inflicted on terror camps in PoK. India Today, Times NowAmar Ujala, Dainik Bhaskar, and Dainik Jagran are some other agencies that have published similar reports.


Prominent journalists like Deepak Chaurasia, Anjana Om Kashyap, and Rubika Liyaquat have tweeted that Indian security forces have carried out targeted strikes in PoK and caused heavy damage to terror camps.

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Press Trust of India on Thursday reported a story which stated, “The Indian Army is carrying out “pinpoint strikes” on suspected terror launchpads inside Pakistan-occupied Kashmir in response to Pakistani military’s unrelenting efforts to push a maximum number of terrorists into India before the onset of harsh winters, sources in the security establishment said on Thursday. The ‘deep state’ in Pakistan has tried to manage a fine balance between escaping the scrutiny by global anti-terror watchdog FATF and supporting terror at the same time with an aim to fuel unrest in Jammu and Kashmir, they said.”

Following the report by PTI and several other agencies, the Indian Army has clarified in a statement that no firing or ceasefire violation has happened on Thursday. The army also further clarified that, “The PTI story is based on analysis of the Ceasefire Violations (CFV) that took place on November 13. It is clarified that there has been NO firing or CFV in LC today”.  ANI has also tweeted the same stating that no firing has happened across the Line of Control today.

Conclusion: Based on the statement by the Indian Army, there has been no firing or airstrikes across PoK today. Whiles some of the journalists have clarified their mistakes, others just deleted their previous posts.

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Video of ‘Booth Capture’ in Haryana 2019-elections shared as recent Bihar elections

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Bihar: A video from an election booth where a polling agent was illegally casting votes on behalf of other voters is doing rounds across social media with a claim that it was from recent Bihar assembly elections. Many users have shared the video claiming that a polling agent from Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has illegally casted votes of uneducated Muslim women. The caption of the viral video reads as, “BJP voting officer… pressing button before the uneducated muslim women vote in Bihar”. The Rashtriya Janata Dal party has also shared the same video from their official Twitter account with a caption that reads as, “Such elections are now held in the country under the supervision of the unqualified!”. 

While the RJD party’s account didn’t mention the whereabouts of the video, it let many of the users (in comment section) assume that it was actually from the recent Bihar elections. The tweet has garnered over 4.3k retweets and 688 quoted tweets. Many quoted tweets were seen tagging the Election Commission of India and prominent leaders from Congress and RJD party. (Archive)

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A reverse image search of some keyframes of the video has directed us to a YouTube video uploaded by NDTV on May 12, 2019 from their  Channel. The viral video is from 2019, at Faridabad during the Haryana elections. According to NDTV’s report, a polling agent in Faridabad polling booth walked to the voting booth and casted votes on behalf of at least three women. No official present in the room tried to stop the man from illegally casting votes.

As the video went viral in Twitter many users have tagged the Election Commission body of Haryana and demanded to take action.  The District Election Office of Faridabad from its official handle has responded to the tweets and said that the polling agent was arrested and a case was registered for booth capturing.

Conclusion: The viral video is from Faridabad, during Haryana elections in 2019. The Election Commission of India has arrested the polling agent involved in the act and charged him with alleged booth capturing.

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