A deadly Maoist attack in Bijapur, Chhattisgarh on April 2 left 22 soldiers martyred and 31 injured. In the backdrop of this, Chhattisgarh Youth Congress tweeted two newspaper clippings and wrote, “It is now evident who are urban Naxals… See BJP’s real nationalism.”
The first clipping is a report on the Bijapur Maoist attack. It claims that two people including a BJP member were arrested for Naxal connections. The report states, “It has been found that BJP leader Jagat Pujari, vice president from Dantewada district and son of former BJP MLA Dhaniram Pujari, has Naxal connections. He and one other accused have been arrested for supplying tractor to Naxalites.”
“Naxalites urban connection busted… BJP district vice president was supplying goods to Naxals for 10 years,” is the headline of the other report.
Twitter user Ajitesh Bansal shared the first clipping and wrote, “Pulwama attack happened before Lok Sabha election… Galwan attack took place before the Bihar elections… And now this happened in Chhattisgarh during elections.”
— Ajitesh Bansal (@AjiteshBansal1) April 6, 2021
Several Facebook users also shared the clipping.
A similar message has been shared with an IBC24 broadcast that reports Pujari was arrested in Dantewada for aiding Naxalites.
BJP का नक्सल कनेक्शन –
छत्तीसगढ़ में नक्सल हमले में 22 जवान शहीद हो गए। कल भाजपा के दंतेवाड़ा जिलाध्यक्ष को गिरफ्तार किया गया।
दो दिनों से भाजपा वाले सरकार पर हमला कर रहे थे आज वे सभी इस मुद्दे पर बोलने नहीं आ रहे हैं! ये है भाजपा का चाल, चेहरा और चरित्र!#ChhattisgarhNaxalAttackpic.twitter.com/Y2Nx1BOfp8
— Abhay Tiwari | अभय तिवारी (@INCAbhayTiwari) April 7, 2021
From the Facebook account of one Khan A S Lassoi, the broadcast received over 11,000 shares as of this writing. He shared it with the following Punjabi caption, “बीजेपी ਬੀਜੇਪੀ ਦੀ ਮੱਦਦ ਨਾਲ ਹੋਇਆ ਨਕਸਲੀ ਹਮਲਾ ਜਿਸ ਵਿੱਚ ਕਈ ਜਵਾਨ ਸ਼ਹੀਦ ਹੋ ਗਏ ਤੇ ਕਈ ਜਖਮੀ.”
Old news falsely linked to Bijapur Maoist attack
The image of soldiers carrying a coffin is captioned, ‘भारत न्यूज़ नेटवर्क’. We searched for the e-paper and found the news on epaper.enavabharat.com published on April 5, 2020. The front page of this e-paper carries the news with the same layout as the viral clipping. But the original does not report that a BJP leader was booked for Naxal connection. The report is on the recent Bijapur attack. The sub-heading in the original report reads, “2,059 jawans were looking for Hidma.” Maoist leader Madvi Hidma has emerged as the mastermind of the massacre of 22 security personnel.
The collage below shows the parts that have been morphed.
As far as the other clipping is concerned, BJP leader and vice president of Dantewada district was indeed arrested for his involvement with Naxalites however, the news is from last year. According to a report by Dainik Jagran published on June 14, 2020, BJP leader Jagat Pujari was found supplying a tractor to Naxalites. Jagat Pujari is the son of former BJP MLA from Chitrakot, Dhaniram Pujari.
ANI had quoted Abhishek Pallav, SP Dantewada, stating that Pujari was supplying goods to Naxals for the last 10 years with the help of villagers.
On further investigation, it was found that Jagat Pujari (BJP leader) was supplying goods to naxals since last 10 yrs. He used to meet them regularly&supplied goods to them with the help of villagers. Jagat Pujari&a naxal arrested: Abhishek Pallav,SP Dantewada.#Chhattisgarh (2/2) pic.twitter.com/QwD6egJs79
— ANI (@ANI) June 14, 2020
The IBC24 broadcast viral is also from last year. It was uploaded by the channel on YouTube in June 14, 2020.
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Posted by IBC24 on Sunday, 14 June 2020
Two people, including a BJP leader, were not arrested from Chhattisgarh in relation to the recent Maoist attack in Bijapur. The arrest happened last year when BJP leader Jagat Pujari was found supplying a tractor to Naxalites.