A photo showing a man and an elderly woman on a motorcycle carrying an oxygen cylinder is getting shared on social media. The image – where the woman seems to be wearing an oxygen mask – was shared on Facebook by former MP and Jan Adhikar Party President Rajesh Ranjan. He wrote that the image exposes the state of the healthcare system in Bihar. “The person is forced to ferry the oxygen cylinder on the bike as the government doesn’t even have ambulances,” said Ranjan, better known as Pappu Yadav. At the time of writing this article, the post had been shared over 1,700 times.

ये तस्वीर बेहद मार्मिक और हृदयविदारक है, जो पटना के आगमकुआँ के एक साथी ने हमें भेजी है। यह तस्वीर बिहार की स्वास्थ्य…

Posted by Rajesh Ranjan on Monday, 19 April 2021

Twitter user Rofl Republic also tweeted the image with the hashtag #ResignModi. It has garnered close to 900 retweets.

Twitter handle @juneymb posted the image with the message, “This is where we are”.

Image from Bangladesh

Alt News found a tweet by a user who identified that a board in the background in Bangla says “Barisal Engineering College”. Barisal is a city that lies in South-Central Bangladesh. We were able to locate the college on Google Maps.

Moreover, we found a news report by Bangladeshi media outlet Somoy published on April 18, 2021. According to the report, the image was shared by Traffic Sergeant Touhid Tutul of the Barisal Metropolitan Police. We searched for Tutul’s profile.on Facebook and found he had posted the photo on April 17, 2021.

We also found a video report by Bangladeshi news channel DBC News on Tutul’s timeline. According to the report, the man riding the motorcycle is Jiaul Hasan, who is a bank employee. When he couldn’t manage to get an ambulance for his mother Rehana Parveen infected with coronavirus, he tied the oxygen cylinder to himself and took her as a pillion rider after she required to be hospitalised. After travelling 18 kilometres on the motorcycle, she was admitted to Sher-e-Bangla Medical College. Touhid Tutul took this picture in front of the Barisal University campus. Praveen is a school teacher.

A photo of a man ferrying his mother suffering from coronavirus with an oxygen cylinder on a motorcycle was shared with the false claim that it depicts an incident from Bihar.

About the Author

Jignesh is a writer and researcher at Alt News. He has a knack for visual investigation with a major interest in fact-checking videos and images. He has completed his Masters in Journalism from Gujarat University.