A photograph of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) workers carrying sacks on their backs is circulating online. It is being claimed that they are carrying out relief work after the Uttarakhand glacier break. Facebook page ‘Rss’ shared the picture and wrote, “RSS men have doing relief work for three days so that no one dies of hunger or disease”. The post drew 1200 shares as of this writing (Archive link).

चमोली… तपोवन !! लगभग 13 गांवो के तो अवशेष ही बचे हैं… सैकड़ों स्त्री-पुरुष-बच्चे खुले में पड़े हैं… दिन जैसे तैसे कट…

Posted by Rss on Wednesday, 10 February 2021

BJP national spokesperson RP Singh also tweeted this picture with the same claim. (Archive link)

BJP leader and actor Paresh Rawal shared the photo too. (Archive link)

The image is widespread on Facebook and Twitter. Alt News has also received verification requests on its official mobile application.

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A simple Google reverse image search led us to the photograph uploaded on July 1, 2013, on Samvada. The article is about the RSS running a relief camp after heavy rains in Uttarakhand eight years ago. It says that 15 relief camps and about 5000 volunteers were working in the flood-affected areas.

We also found this picture in a blog post dated July 1, 2013.

According to a June 9, 2013 article published on the website of the Hindutva organisation, the RSS and VHP along with the army participated in rescue work in Uttarakhand. The Hindu also reported about this on June 26, 2013.

RSS worker Rajesh Padmar tweeted a press release dated June 20, 2013, which said that volunteers delivered essential food items to the flood-affected areas in Uttarakhand during the floods.

An eight-year-old picture was therefore shared with the false claim that it shows RSS carrying out relief work recently in Uttarakhand.

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Kinjal Parmar holds a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology. However, her keen interest in journalism, drove her to pursue journalism from the Indian Institute of Mass Communication. At Alt News since 2019, she focuses on authentication of information which includes visual verification, media misreports, examining mis/disinformation across social media. She is the lead video producer at Alt News and manages social media accounts for the organization.