Fact Check: Fake Tweet Attributed To Anna Hazare Goes Viral

A screenshot of a Tweet purportedly by social activist Anna Hazare has gone viral on social media. The tweet claims that Anna Hazare could not meet Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray due to fear of Sanjay Raut. 

The tweet text reads, “जब मैं सीएम उद्धव ठाकरे के दफ्तर में धरने के लिए परमिशन लेने गया तो मुझे बाहर प्रतीक्षा करने को कहा गया..इस बीच ”संजय राउत” 4 पुलिस वालों साथ हाथ में डंडे लेकर 3 बार मेरे सामने से गुजरे तो हम वापस लौट गए। इस तरह हमको डंडों से डराना लोकतंत्र की हत्‍या है।”

(English Translation: When I went to CM Uddhav Thackeray’s office to seek permission for a dharna, I was asked to wait outside. Meanwhile “Sanjay Raut” passes in front of me 3 times along with 4 policemen carrying sticks, so we went back. In this way, scaring us with sticks is the murder of democracy.)

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The image has gone viral on Facebook.  

FACT CHECK 

NewsMobile fact-checked the above claim and found it to be FALSE.

We did a keyword search and found out that Anna Hazare has warned Uddhav Thackeray government of agitation and said that if the state does not enact the Lokayukta Act, an agitation will be held. However, we could not find any news regarding the viral tweet.

Searching the username on Twitter, we found the same account, which was created in August 2021. The account is not verified. From the language of many tweets, it can be easily understood that it was a fake handle.

We also found the viral tweet published on this handle on September 3, 2021. 

We searched for Anna Hazare’s official Twitter handle but could not find any verified account. Vishvas News also contacted Anna Hazare’s team, to which they replied that the viral tweet is fake. 

Thus, it can be concluded that the viral tweet in Anna Hazare’s name is fake. Therefore, the viral claim is FALSE. 

 

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