Shameless JNU pro naxals says to @CitiznMukherjee “never trust a Bengali” for rejecting “martyr Afzal Guru mercy petition”! And then says “You can never trust a Bengali”! @MamataOfficial must take legal actions for insulting Bengali people ! #UrbanNaxals tweeted Kailash Wagh, tweeted Kailash Wagh (@KailashWG), who is followed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Minister Dr Thawarchand Gehlot.

A backdrop of the quote

Former President Pranab Mukherjee’s nod to the RSS to attend an event in Nagpur provided the perfect backdrop for fake news purveyors, ascribing a quote to Rashid that was patently fake.

Who pushed it first of all on social media?

The screenshot of the alleged tweet attributed to Shehla reads “Now you know why Pranab @CitiznMukherjee rejected martyr Afzal Guru’s mercy petition? He was an RSS sympathiser from the start. You can never trust a Bengali. Shame on Congress and their double standards.” #PranabatRSS is the hashtag accompanying the tweet, along with an imprint of the Facebook page Unofficial Barkha Dutt, which has more than 16900 followers.

#PranabAtRSS #ShehlaWithISIS

Posted by Unofficial: Barkha Dutt on Thursday, 7 June 2018

Alt News found the post from the page Unofficial Barkha Dutt to be one of the earliest on social media. Moreover, the stamp on the screenshot was invariably seen on each of the images shared on social media.

Shehla Rashid has rubbished this quote ascribed to her, dismissing it as fake in a tweet.

Former JNU Students Union leader Kanhaiya Kumar, Umar Khalid and Shehla Rashid have been on the firing line of right wing Twitter handles. On numerous instances, the propagation of fake quotes on social media is unbeatable and clarifications may prove to be ineffectual.

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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.