Fact Check: Old Picture Of Rs 2000 Challan For Not Wearing Mask In Telangana Shared As Recent

As Coronavirus cases continue to rise across India, Telangana government has directed people to wear masks while stepping out.

In this backdrop, a picture of a challan of Rs 2,000 issued by the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation for not wearing a mask is being shared on social media.

“Wearing a mask have become mandatory in #Telangana from today till 30th April 2021.
Violation of this rule may land you in jail for upto 1 month which may extend upto 2 years along with fine under Section 51 to 60 of Disaster Management Act, 2005 & Section 188 IPC.#StaySafe,” Facebook caption attached to the picture read.

Here’s the link to the above post.

More posts can be seen here, here and here.

FACT CHECK 

NewsMobile fact-checked the post and found it to be misleading.

We found multiple reports stating that Telangana government has made face masks mandatory and has imposed restrictions on religious events to curb the virus. The reports can be seen here, here and here.

However, we found that the picture being circulated is from 2020.

We ran a keyword search and found that the picture of the same challan was shared in 2020. The Facebook posts can be seen here and here.

After examining the picture carefully, we noticed that the challan number in both the pictures are the same. We also noticed that the date from the original challan has been edited and is being passed off as a recent challan.

Hence, from the above fact check, we can conclude that the post is misleading.

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