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A picture of an old man is being shared with a fake claim that he is a JNU student

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In the investigation, it was clear that the picture of an old man being shared on social media with a claim that Cop finds his lost uncle studying in JNU campus during a brawl between Ph.D. is false. The old man seen in the picture is Rehat Ali from Assam and not of JNU's Ph.D. student Moinuddin. He was accused of being a Bangladeshi but as the charge was not proved, he came out of jail. The screenshot is of a satirical article that people are now sharing incorrectly.

A Screenshot is getting viral on social media in which an old man standing can be seen standing next to a  policeman, with a claim that Cop finds his lost uncle studying in JNU campus during a scuffle between Ph.D. students. A facebook user name Dyutiman Biswas shares a post with a caption "Freeloaders knows where free food/free stay will be available-free loaders will jump there. 70yr Moinuddin coming from JNU after completing his PhD."

 

After doing reverse research of the image, we found that the claim shared with the screenshot is false. The old man seen in the picture is Rehat Ali and the young man standing with him is his son, Lukman Ali.

We found a news article published by The Hindu on 11 May 2019  in which the same photo was published. In the original photo, Lukman is wearing a simple t-shirt but as the viral photo is edited, he is shown in a police uniform.

According to the report, Rahat Ali of Assam was accused of being an illegal immigrant from Bangladesh. He was released from jail after three years after the charge was not proved. He is a drop out of primary school and has poor knowledge of numbers due to which he submitted his age '66' to the tribunal in 2015, instead of '55', the age shown on his voter ID card. The “discrepancy” in age was a key reason that led the FT at the nearest town Hajo, about 35 km west of Guwahati, to doubt his citizenship.

When we searched the headline of the screenshot going viral, we found an article called Satire Today. The title and photo of this article are the same which are now being shared on social media platforms.

It is clearly written below this image that it is a "satire", which means, things written in it are not true and the picture used in the article also has nothing to do with it.

Conclusion, in the investigation we found that the picture of an old man being shared on social media with a claim that Cop finds his lost uncle studying in JNU campus during a scuffle between Ph.D. is false. The old man seen in the picture is Rehat Ali from Assam and not JNU's Ph.D. student Moinuddin. The screenshot is of a satirical article that people are now sharing incorrectly.

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