Fake Viral Political

Old image of Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann admitted in hospital falsely shared as recent

Written by Md Mahfooz Alam

Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann was recently admitted to the Indraprastha Apollo Hospital of Delhi. The Indian Express reported that he was airlifted to the hospital in Delhi after a complaint of severe stomachache at his official residence in Chandigarh. 

Two days before falling ill, Mann had drank a glassful of water directly from Kali Bein, a holy rivulet in Sultanpur Lodhi.

Now, social media users are sharing an image of Mann bedridden in a hospital with a drip in his hand. 

FactO News found out that the image dates back to 2018 when he was admitted to the hospital due to a kidney-related ailment. 

The caption of a post reads, “नदी को बिलकुल साफ करवा दिया ये साबित करने के लिए भगवंत मान साहब स्टंट कर रहे थे, नतीजा पेट खराब हो गया #BhagwantMann सीएम पंजाब भगवंत मान की तबीयत बिगड़ी..दिल्ली अपोलो अस्पताल में भर्ती… पेट में सक्रमण के कारण हालत ख़राब…”

(Translation: Bhagwant Mann was doing stunts to prove that the river was completely cleaned, the result was stomach upset.#Bhagwant Mann CM Punjab Bhagwant Mann’s health deteriorated. Admitted to Apollo Hospital in Delhi. The condition worsened due to a stomach infection.)

(Source: Facebook/Screenshot)

Similar posts with the same claim can be accessed here.

FactO Check:

On conducting a reverse search of the viral image, we found an article published by PTC on 1 August 2018 carrying the image. The article reports Mann was hospitalised at Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital in Delhi due to some stomach ailment.

(Source: PTC/Screenshot)

Further, we also found an article of 1 August 2018 published by India Today carrying the viral image. This article also reports that Mann was hospitalised after suffering a kidney-related ailment.


Therefore, it is evident that Mann was indeed hospitalised recently, but the image doing the rounds on multiple platforms is old.

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About the author

Md Mahfooz Alam

Mahfooz is a multimedia journalist and regularly writes fact-check stories for Facto News. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Mass Communication. He has worked as an intern fact-checker for The Quint. He specializes in research and fact-checking and aspires to do investigative reporting.

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