New Delhi: In the midst of escalating tensions between Israel and Palestine, Abhishek Upadhyay, Political Editor of the ABP Network, shared a video on X claiming that "Hamas terrorists had built a tunnel under Al-Shifa Hospital and stored a cache of weapons." Fact-checker and co-founder of Alt News, Mohammed Zubair, quickly debunked Upadhyay's claims, revealing that the video in question dated back to August and did not involve Hamas.
Upadhyay, in his post on X, attached the old video, stating, "At last, Israel has launched its biggest ground operation inside Gaza. Israeli troops have reached Gaza's main Al Shifa hospital. It is reported that Hamas terrorists had built a tunnel here and stored a cache of weapons. Watch this video and understand the real story of Hamas using places like residential buildings and hospitals for terrorism.
Also, understand that speeches and rallies are given in India in support of this very Hamas. And the people who raise the voice of revolution day and night in favor of Gaza maintain a deliberate but mysterious silence in the name of Hamas!"
Responding to Upadhyay's post, Zubair clarified on X, saying, "Hello 'Journalist' @upadhyayabhii, This video of ‘Hamas Tunnels’ is from August. Also, this isn’t Hamas. Stop relying on WhatsApp forwards."
In a subsequent post, Upadhyay defended himself, claiming that he was conducting an experiment to reveal Hamas supporters hiding behind the guise of intellectuals. He stated, "Hello ‘Fact checker’ @zoo_bear, this video was posted only for an experiment so that the Hamas supporters hiding behind the skin of intellectuals would come out in the open. The arrow is exactly on target. Thanks for completing the mission. Such experiments will continue to happen in the future also. Please keep joining."
Netizens widely criticized Upadhyay's dissemination of false information. This is not the first time he has faced criticism; previously, Upadhyay was accused of intentionally showing floods in Delhi, whereas the road beside where he was reporting had no water. The water flooding occurred at an underpass.
आख़िरकार इज़राइल ने ग़ाज़ा के भीतर ग्राउंड ऑपरेशन का सबसे बड़ा आग़ाज़ कर दिया है।— abhishek upadhyay (@upadhyayabhii) November 13, 2023
इज़राइल की फ़ौज गाज़ा के मेन अल शिफ़ा हॉस्पिटल पहुँच चुकी है।
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Hello “Fact checker” @zoo_bear— abhishek upadhyay (@upadhyayabhii) November 14, 2023
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Chandigarh, Mar 4: Two people have been apprehended in Goa in connection with the killing of INLD leader Nafe Singh Rathee, police said on Monday.
Rathee, the president of the Indian National Lok Dal's (INLD) Haryana unit, was shot dead in Bahadurgarh in the state's Jhajjar district on February 25.
The district police said they were apprehended from Goa in a joint operation by the Haryana Police and the Delhi Police.
On Saturday, Jhajjar Superintendent of Police (SP) Arpit Jain had said all four shooters involved in the case have been identified and efforts are on nab them.