On April 21, Aaj Tak reported that the Lucknow District Administration reserved 1,550 beds for people suffering from COVID-19. The channel tweeted a picture of rows of hospital beds inside a hall. (Archive link)
— AajTak (@aajtak) April 21, 2021
However, the image does not show up when one clicks on the link to the article.
Deomani Dwivedi, BJP MLA from UP’s Lambhua also claimed that the image is from Lucknow. “1500 more beds readied in Lucknow. The coronavirus will lose and the country will win…” he wrote. An archived version of the post can be found here.
Some Facebook users also shared the photo as Lucknow.
लखनऊ में 1500 बेड और तैयार किए गये,
कोरोना हारेगा ,, देश जीतेगा।
जय योगी जी
Photo from Delhi school, not UP
Several users replied to Aaj Tak’s post stating that the image used shows hospital beds in Delhi. AAP Chief Media Coordinator Vikas Yogi quote-tweeted Aaj Tak’s tweet and wrote that the photo is from Delhi’s Rouse Avenue.
सूचना- UP के नाम पर लगाया गया ये फ़ोटो दिल्ली सरकार के Rouse Avenue स्कूल का है। https://t.co/Gtp9tYhAjG
— Vikas Yogi (@vikaskyogi) April 21, 2021
On April 18, 2020, Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia had tweeted that the government school in Rouse Avenue in Delhi was being converted into a 125-bed hospital for COVID-19 patients. He also shared four images, one of them being the photo Aaj Tak shared as Lucknow.
Delhi govt school at Rouse Avenue is being converted into Covid Hospital with 125 beds with the help of ‘Doctors for You’.
— Manish Sisodia (@msisodia) April 18, 2021
In the Aaj Tak photo, a ‘Doctors for You’ poster can be seen in the background. This is the NGO helping run this COVID-19 hospital. The same poster can be seen in the image tweeted by Manish Sisodia, behind CM Arvind Kejriwal.
NDTV did a ground report from the government school, which was also shared by AAP.
Aaj Tak misrepresented a photo from Delhi as COVID-19 hospital in Lucknow.