Gayathri Raguramm of the Tamil Nadu BJP has tweeted, “Fake news spreader arrested.”
On June 27, Delhi police arrested Mohammed Zubair, co-founder of the fact-checking website Alt News. A person has taken to Twitter to complain that he has offended religious sentiments and provoked riots. Based on this, he has been arrested under sections 153 (Wantonly giving provocation with intent to cause riot) and 295A (Deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs) of the Indian Penal Code.
Opposition parties have condemned the arrest. Following Zubair’s arrest, right-wing supporters and the BJP have been posting on social networking sites, including Twitter, “Fake news spreader arrested”. Gayathri Raguramm of the BJP, who has tweeted the arrest of Zubair as a fake news spreader, has been spreading various fake news on her Twitter page.
Rumour has it that the temple has been converted into a mosque in Kerala:
Gayathri Raguramm took to Twitter last April to spread rumours that an ancient Hindu temple in Malappuram, Kerala, had been captured by Muslims and turned into a mosque. However, we had published an article saying that the video belonged to the oldest Zeenath Baksh Masjid in Mangalore, Karnataka.
Priesthood for all scheme:
In August last year, when the work order was issued under the All Castes Can Become a Priest scheme, she had misrepresented on Twitter an old photo taken in Madurai in 2013 as the status of the Priest Training Center.
Free bus travel for women:
Gayathri Raguramm had posted false information on Twitter that the number of ordinary buses was low, citing a scheme announced by the DMK regime in June last year to provide free travel on local buses for women.
Rumour has it that JNU students are acting:
Gayathri Raguramm shared on Twitter photos of two students being assaulted pretending to be injured in an attack on JNU last April. But, that is false information. We had published the article with evidence that they had been attacked.
Fake News Cards:
She has posted a fake news card last year that claimed Actor Surya said that he would quit cinema altogether if the Central government did not stop the cinematograph act.
Similarly, another fake news card claiming that, “the DMK MLA Udayanidhi Stalin said DMK women’s team is not active in the party at all. There is nothing wrong with including young women in the men’s youth team. He said he was doing what the women’s team failed to do”, has been shared by her on Twitter.
Last March, she shared another fake news card claiming that MTMK MP Vaiko was criticizing the Tamil Nadu government’s budget.
Gayathri Raguramm of the Tamil Nadu BJP has posted many such rumours and fake news on her Twitter page.