An image of Dawood Ibrahim apparently with the Indian National Congress’ National Spokesperson, Supriya Shrinate, is viral on social media. User @ppagarwal tweeted the image and wrote “ये कौंन है @SupriyaShrinate जी बताओ जरा” (Translation: Who is this @SupriyaShrinate please tell us). His tweet garnered over 1300 likes and close to 600 retweets. (Archive)

The verified account of Swami Ramsarnacharya Pandey tweeted this image and asked, “Who is this girl with India’s most wanted underworld don Dawood Ibrahim and why this woman has close relations with this don?”. He tagged several accounts in his tweet, including that of Supriya Shrinate and the Indian National Congress, implying that Supriya is the one seen in the image. (Archive)

Several users tweeted the image with the same claim. (Archives- 1, 2, 3, 4)

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This image is also viral on Facebook with the same claim.

Fact Check

We found that the woman seen in the image is journalist Sheela Bhatt and not Supriya Shrinate. Bhatt had originally tweeted this image on June 14, while taking part in the ‘Drop a photo of you doing your job’ trend on Twitter. In the caption, Bhatt wrote ‘Interviewing Dawood Ibrahim in Pearl Building, Dubai. 1987’.

In a subsequent tweet, Bhatt also confirmed that her interview with Dawood Ibrahim was carried by the magazines- Abhiyaan and The Illustrated Weekly. She wrote, “….Both (magazines) carried my interview of Dawood Ibrahim in 1987. Weekly’s cover story was written by distinguished journalist Amrita Shah. My interview ran along with her cover story. All Dawood pics were taken by me.”

Refuting the viral claim that the woman in the image is her, Supriya Shrinate told Alt News “My Date of Birth is 27.10.1977. So yeah, at the age of 10 I wasn’t sitting and interviewing Dawood”.

Hence, an image of Dawood Ibrahim with journalist, Sheela Bhatt, is being falsely shared with the claim that it shows him with Congress spokesperson, Supriya Shrinate.

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