Verification of facts: the misleading publication on the bust of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose goes viral

A Facebook post that suggests that a bust of Netaji was recently disfigured has been found to be false; The incident had occurred in 2017.

A misleading image of a bust of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose stained with black ink is shared on social networks.

While voters vote in the last phase of Lok Sabha elections on Sunday, an image of a bust of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose is shared with black ink on social media. The claim attached to the post says that the thugs of the Trinamool Congress (TMC) have done this in the bust located near the home of the candidate of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Netaji's grandson, Chandra Kumar Bose.

CK Bose is challenging the election of Lok Sabha from the Kolkata South constituency as a BJP candidate.

India Today's fake newsroom (AFWA) discovered that the incident is two years old and took place in the village of Panchra in the Birbhum district of West Bengal. Bose lives in Calcutta and has no home in Birbhum.

The archived version of the publication can be viewed here.

Among others, a Facebook user published the image with the title: "BJP pratyashi aur Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose ke potey Chandra Bose ke ghar ke paas bane Netaji ki murti by TMC ke gundo ne kalikh pot di Ab had paar kar gai Mamata Banerjee [TMC goons smeared a bust of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose with ink, which was situated near the house of BJP candidate and grandson of Netaji, Chandra Bose. Mamata Banerjee has crossed all limits]. "

There is a blackboard visible on the viral image in which is written in Bengali script Tathya Mitra Kendra, Digital Seva, Common Services Center. In the reverse search, we found that the incident occurred on August 15, 2017, in the Birbhum district of West Bengal.

According to media reports, the statue of Netaji, installed in the Panchara Panchayat compound, was to be revealed on the eve of the Independence Day function. When the staff opened the door, they found the statue disfigured. CK Bose had hit Mamata and accused the TMC thugs for the act.

Many prominent media houses covered the incident. However, none of the media reports said that those arrested were affiliated with any political party.

India Today approached CK Bose and said: I do not have a house in the Birbhum district. I was born and raised in Calcutta. He had filed a complaint accusing the Trinamool Congress, but there is no confirmation as to whether there was any involvement of TMC. The distance between Calcutta and Panchra is about 180 km.

ClaimThe bust of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose near the house of CK Bose, stained with ink by the TMC thugs.conclusionThe incident took place in 2017 and it was not near the home of CK Bose.


The number of crows determines the intensity of the lie.

  • 1 Raven: True Medium
  • 2 crows: mostly lies
  • 3 crows: absolutely false
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