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Fact Check: Old image from Kolkata falsely shared as recent one from Tamil Nadu

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An old image from Kolkata showing ‘Go Back Modi’ graffiti on a street that was painted during anti-CAA protests in the country is being falsely shared as a recent one from Tamil Nadu. 

In the backdrop of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to poll-bound Tamil Nadu on 14 February, an image of the ‘Go Back Modi’ slogan written on a street have surfaced on social media platforms with the claiming that the image is recent and is from Tamil Nadu. 

A Twitter user shared the image with the caption, "Meanwhile mood in Tamil Nadu... One of the most hated Prime ministers in Tamil Nadu #GoBackModi #ModiIsNotTamilsPM #GoBackSadistModi."

The same image was also shared on Facebook with the caption, "#GoBackModi Festival All Over The Street.. (STATE OF TAMIL NADU BIG BREAKING )."

Several other social media users are sharing this image with the same claim. 

The truth behind the claim 

In our investigation, we found this claim to be false. The image dates back to January 2020 and is from Kolkata when protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) were being held across the country.

With the help of reverse image search, we found this image carried in a tweet by Mayukh Ranjan Ghosh back in January 2020. The tweet reads, "This is one of the busiest roads in Kolkata. #Esplanade. Lakhs and lakhs of people commute, jam packed traffic r seen. Just look at this place tonight. Roads turned into graffitis, no traffic, all roads blocked, students protesting overnight. This is #Kolkata #modiinkolkata."

On analyzing the image carefully, we noticed a text on the building that read: ‘Metro Channel Control Post Hare Street Police Station.’

We searched the said location on Google Maps and found  it is located in Kolkata.

We also found similar image carried in news reports by Times of India which was published on January 13,2020 with the title, "Prime Minister Narendra Modi leaves Kolkata, protesters shift venue."

In conclusion, an old image from Kolkata showing ‘Go Back Modi’ graffiti on a street that was painted during anti-CAA protests in the country is being falsely shared as a recent one from Tamil Nadu. 

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