Two years ago, in a video by ScoopWhoop Unscripted, a man attending a Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) rally to demand a bill for the construction of Ram Mandir, had said, “We want the mandir first. We don’t want roads, we don’t want food, we want mandir’. It has now been claimed that the man has died of the coronavirus. Twitter user Anil Chaturvedi wrote, “You must have recognised him. He was a blind follower of the useless PM. He used to say with crazed eyes, we don’t want hospitals. He has died due to lack of oxygen in Lucknow.”
— Anil Chaturvedi (@anilpricha) May 17, 2021
Several people have shared the man’s picture on Twitter.
The one who was shouting with tears in his eyes, we don’t want a hospital, we want a temple. His death happened without oxygen in Lucknow.
— 𝖆𝖗𝖋𝖆𝖙 (@Iamarfat9) May 17, 2021
Punjabi artist Gurchet Chitarkar posted the claim on Facebook, drawing over 4,000 likes and more than 1,200 shares.
इस भक्त को पहचानो
ये कहता था, हमें अस्पताल नही चाहिये मंदिर चाहिये। ऑक्सीजन ना मिलने से लखनऊ में मौत हो गई।😔
ईश्वर इसकी आत्म को शांति दे।🙏
The screenshot below shows the extent to which the claim is widespread on Facebook.
False news; man himself clarifies he is alive
After the news of Jitendra Gupta’s death went viral, BJP Delhi leader Ravinder Singh Negi made a Facebook post where he said, “He is my dear friend Jeetu Gupta ji, a social worker in Patparganj Vidhan Sabha Delhi. He is absolutely healthy and is not suffering from any disease. He is at home.” Negi also said that a case will be registered against the person who spread the lie.
शर्म आनी चाहिए ऐसे लोगों को जो हिंदू धर्म को बदनाम करने के लिए जिंदा आदमी को मार देते है । ये मेरे परम मित्र जीतू गुप्ता…
Alt News contacted Jitendra Gupta who informed, “Neither have I ever gone to Lucknow nor do I have COVID. I do not know who is spreading the claim. I have lodged an FIR against those who have shared the claim and the cyber cell will be taking action.”
Therefore, the social media claim that Gupta has passed away due to COVID is false.