The death tally in the Coromandel Train accident has crossed 270. As the rescue operation comes to its fag end, a group of netizens have started to spread fake rumours and give a communal angle to the ghastly accident.
Verified Twitter handles shared an aerial image from the location of the accident pointed out at a religious centre nearby. Several Twitter accounts posted the same picture and wrote the same caption, which said “Just Saying…Yesterday was Friday”.
— Manjeet Yadav 🔱🚩🚩🚩 (@Manuhindu007) June 3, 2023
Yesterday Was Friday pic.twitter.com/YOg71meEN9
— GEM OF CHUNAVI HINDU (@yagya_varaha) June 4, 2023
— Ketan Gandhi (@Ketangandhi_) June 3, 2023
The tweet which started the trend was later deleted after Mohammed Zubair from Alt News called out the false news. By the time the tweet was removed, it had already garnered more than 4 million views and had sizable engagement. Besides, the tweet also fuelled the conversation regarding the “hand of the muslims” in the train accident.
The Alt News fact check also confirmed that the building highlighted in the picture was not a mosque but an ISKCON temple which is under construction.
This guy is blaming Muslims for yesterday's Train Accident by pointing at a religious structure assuming it is a Mosque. Turns out it is actually a Hindu Temple.
— Jokerrr (@jokerrr2_0) June 3, 2023
“It has come to notice that some social media handles are mischievously giving communal colour to the tragic accident at Balasore. This is highly unfortunate. Investigation by the GRP, Odisha into the cause and all other aspects of the accident is going on,” the Odisha Police tweeted on Sunday.
A tragic train accident took place taking 275 lives. But Odisha Police were forced to tweet that don't communalise this. People are searching station master's name. There are fact-checks that station master is not Muslim & there is no mosque near station. Such a shame!
— Kaushik Raj (@kaushikrj6) June 5, 2023
Dude, you first tried to potray this Train accident was done by Muslims by saying Friday and pointing to a place which looked like Mosque.
Later, after people pointed out it was actually an Iskon temple, you started another drama….😂😂 https://t.co/zc79x3xwRX
— Sukkumark (@StrictlyAsking) June 5, 2023
“We appeal to all the concerned to desist from circulating such false and ill-motivated posts. Severe legal action will be initiated against those who are trying to create communal disharmony by spreading rumours,” it added.