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Fact Check: Were sweets that were bought to celebrate RJD win wastefully dumped after Bihar poll verdict?

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Old pictures are being shared with a false claim that sweets bought to celebrate RJD win were wastefully dumped after Bihar poll verdict

Two images are going viral on social media showing people dumping a huge container of sweets into a pit. These images have been shared with the claim that the sweets were brought to celebrate the victory of RJD in Bihar, however, after RJD lost, these sweets were wastefully dumped. 

A Twitter user Dr Seema shared the pictures with a caption, "What Nonsense is this..?? Could have distributed to the people who are starving to death due to hunger or could have given to the NGOs, who are fighting day & night to help the deprived...! What a SHAME...???? Sweets being dumped in #RJD office patna..."

Another Twitter user Prof(Dr) Neeran Gautam shared one of these pictures with the caption, "Sweets, ordered by RJD following exit poll trends, being buried after the results were out. Shubh Din sabhi ko".

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We decided to verify the claims made, therefore, we did a reverse image search of the viral images and found that the actual incident has no connection to the viral narrative. The reverse image search led us to news articles which reported that the Chief Ministers flying squad team, CID and Food and Drug Administration Department raided two places in Haryana’s Sirsa and one of them being a sweet manufacturing plant. After finding spoilt food in the plant, the team dumped them in a pit and the images circulating social media are from this food inspection raid. 

The above-mentioned incident also took place in August 2019. Therefore, not only are the claims fake, but they are also misleading.

Moreover, the fact-checking wing of India Today reported to have verified with the RJD spokesperson Mrityunjay Tiwari, and he had confirmed that the images shared with the viral claims on social media are indeed false. In conclusion, this false claim is one of several rumours and fake news that surfaces on the internet during election periods. Thus, it is best to not believe news on social media which does not come from official and reliable sources. 

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