Fact Check: Viral Image Showing An Attack On Vande Bharat Express Is From Andhra Pradesh, NOT Kerala

 The Vande Bharat Express, recently launched, was targeted with stone-pelting as it passed through Thirunavaya and Tirur in the Malappuram district of Kerala. Against this backdrop, an image showing the broken glass of a train is widely shared on social media linking it to the incident in Kerala. 

The image is shared on Facebook with a caption: “സാക്ഷരതയിൽ മുന്നിൽ! വിവരമില്ലായ്മയിൽ പിന്നിൽ! വന്ദേ ഭാരത് ട്രയിനു നേരെ ആക്രമണം. മലപ്പുറത്തു വച്ചായിരുന്നു ആക്രമണം!” (English translation: Ahead of literacy! Behind in lack of information! Attack on Vande Bharat Train. The attack was in Malappuram!)

Here’s the link to the above post.


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

Doing a simple Reverse Image Search, we spotted a news report published by The News Minute on January 12, 2023, with a headline: “Stones pelted at Vande Bharat train in Vizag days before the inauguration.”

A video, tweeted by ANI dated January 11, 2023, carries similar visuals with the text: “Andhra Pradesh | Stones pelted on Vande Bharat train in Visakhapatnam which will be flagged off by PM Modi on Jan 19. The incident occurred during maintenance. The glass pane of a coach of Vande Bharat Express was damaged near Kancharapalem, Visakhapatnam. Further probe underway: DRM.”

Reporting the recent incident of stone pelting in Malappuram, Kerala, Manorama News stated that “Stone pelting on Vande Bharat train near Tirunavaya, Malappuram, during the journey. A passenger who saw a crack in the glass of the train brought it to the attention of the loco pilot. The police and RPF have started an investigation into the incident.” But the image used here is different from the viral image. 

Thus, it is clear that the viral image showing an attack on Vande Bharat Express is NOT from Kerala, but Andhra Pradesh. 

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