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“Just Saying…Yesterday Was Friday” : A Group Of Netizens Try To Communalise The Coromandel Express Accident

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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”.

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.

“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.

“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.

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