A picture of a platform ticket of Pune Junction with ‘Adani’ imprinted on it has gone viral all over social media. Social media users claim that Indian Railways is now industrialist Adani’s private property.
The Facebook caption read, “लो जी, रेलवे आपकी नहीं, #अडानी की #निजी_सम्पत्ति है…”
(Translation: See, the railway is not yours, it’s #Adani’s #private_property.)
NewsMobile fact-checked the above post and found the picture to be morphed.
On putting the picture through Google Reverse Image Search, we found the real picture shared on Facebook dated August 23, 2020. The words ‘Railway Adani’ however were not imprinted on the ticket in the real image.
Moreover, we also found that another social media user had shared the picture of the original railway ticket with a comparison in context with the price hike due to privatisation.
On comparing the Fake vs Real, we can clearly see that the viral picture of the railway ticket is morphed.
However, we found a Twitter post by Spokesperson Railways dated August 18, 2020, claiming that the purpose of keeping the ticket price at Rs 50 is to stop unnecessary people coming to the station, which will result in social distancing imperative to fight COVID-19 during the raging pandemic.
पुणे जंक्शन द्वारा प्लेटफार्म टिकट का मूल्य ₹50 रखने का उद्देश्य अनावश्यक रूप से स्टेशन पर आने वालों पर रोक लगाना है जिस से सोशल डिसटेनसिंग का पालन किया जा सके।
रेलवे प्लेटफार्म टिकट की दरों को कोरोना महामारी के शुरुआती दिनों से ही इसी प्रकार नियंत्रित करता आया है। https://t.co/X2HuPC5HUg
— Spokesperson Railways (@SpokespersonIR) August 17, 2020
Hence, with the help of the above information, it is clear that the viral post in question is morphed.
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