Misinformation surrounding upcoming Bihar assembly elections is on the rise. In the latest spree, “GO BACK MODI” imprinted on the road has been shared with the claim that the graffiti was seen in Bihar.
— sujiprabhu (@Suji_prabhu) October 23, 2020
Several Twitter users have shared the image.
— Suresh Tak Saini (@SureshTakSaini1) October 23, 2020
It is also circulating on Facebook with the same caption.
Photo from Kolkata
Kolkata-based journalist Mayukh Ranjan Ghosh replied to one of the viral tweets, claiming that the image was shot in Kolkata, right in front of Metro Channel, Hare Street police station.
He had first tweeted the image on January 11, 2020. during protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) in Kolkata. PM Modi was on a two-day visit to the city earlier in January when his arrival was met with protests.
This is one of the busiest roads in Kolkata. #Esplanade. Lakhs and lakhs of people commute, jam packed traffic r seen. Just look at this place tonight. Roads turned into graffitis, no traffic, all roads blocked, students protesting overnight.
— Mayukh Ranjan Ghosh (@mayukhrghosh) January 11, 2020
Photographs of the Metro Channel Control Post, Hare Street Police Station are also available on Google Maps.
A photograph of the graffiti taken from a different angle was found in a report published by Scroll on January 12, 2020.
A photo shot during PM Modi’s Kolkata visit in January amid anti-CAA protests has been falsely linked to upcoming Bihar polls.