Clipping Edited to Claim BJP Leader Held for Bijapur Naxal Attack

The news pertaining to the arrest of BJP leader Jagat Pujari and his aide is from June 2020.

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The clipping has been edited to falsely claim that the BJP leader was arrested in connection to the recent Naxal attack.
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A newspaper clipping of Hindi daily, NavaBharat has been edited to falsely claim that a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader was arrested in connection to the recent Naxal attack in Bijapur, Chhattisgarh.

Further, we found that the news – mentioned in the viral clip – pertains to the arrest of BJP leader Jagat Pujari and his aide, and is from June 2020.

CLAIM

The clipping was shared by several users on Facebook and Twitter taking a dig at the BJP.

You can view an archived version <a href="https://perma.cc/4EKV-GMDJ">here</a>.
You can view an archived version here.
(Photo: Facebook/Screenshot)
You can view an archived version <a href="https://archive.is/HFFuz">here</a>.
You can view an archived version here.
(Photo: Twitter/Screenshot)

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Website, Samachar Darshan also carried the text of the viral clipping verbatim.

WHAT WE FOUND

Since the viral clipping contained the words, ‘NavaBharat News Network’ we went through the e-papers of NavaBharat, a Hindi daily published in Central India.

We found the same headline and text in the edition for 5 April.

The headline reads, “छत्तीसगढ़ के बीजापुर में नक्सली अटैक 24 शहीद 31 घायल” (Translation: “Naxal attack in Chhattisgarh’s Bijapur; 24 Martyred, 31 Injured”).

While the sub-header, 20 से अधिक हथियार लूटे” (Translation: “More than 20 weapons looted) is also the same, the second sub-header, BJP नेता समेत 2 गिरफ्तार” (Translation: “Two arrested including BJP leader) is missing in the original clipping. It instead reads, “2,059 जवान थे हिडमा की तलाश में” (Translation: “2,059 soldiers were on a search for Hidma).

A comparison of the original clipping with the viral one can be seen below.

Clipping Edited to Claim BJP Leader Held for Bijapur Naxal Attack
(Photo: Altered by The Quint)

BUT THEN WHAT ABOUT THE NEWS OF A BJP LEADER BEING ARRESTED?

In June 2020, a BJP leader Jagat Pujari and his accomplice Ramesh Usendi were arrested for helping out Naxalites.

The Chhattisgarh police arrested the duo from a conflict-ridden Dantewada for allegedly supplying a tractor and other goods to Maoist commander Ajay Alami, who carried a Rs 5 lakh reward on his arrest, reported NDTV and The New Indian Express, at the time.

Evidently, a year-old incident has been revived to falsely claim that a BJP leader was arrested in connection to the recent Naxal attack in Bijapur.

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