Photo of Uttar Pradesh (UP) CM Yogi Adityanath with another leader is being shared on social media with a claim that the leader in question is gangster Vikas Dubey. It is being claimed that he is affiliated to the BJP.
The photo is being shared with the same claim on Facebook as well.
It should be noted that 8 UP police officials lost their lives on Thursday night when they were shot at by gangster Vikas Dubey’s men. The cops had gone to conduct a raid at history sheeter Dubey’s place.
The man seen with CM Yogi is Bhartiya Janta Yuva Morcha (BJYM) leader Vikas Dubey. Coincidentally, he shares his name with the gangster.
VERIFICATION AND METHODOLOGY
We came across a tweet from user Shivam Pratap Singh who stated that the man in the photo with Yogi was a local leader from BJYM’s Kanpur unit, Vikas Dubey.
@govindprataps12 @yadavakhilesh @pankajjha_ @UtkarshSingh_ @shalabhmani @rakeshbjpup @cop_anirudha @SushantBSinha… https://t.co/JBFiFIBhCk
— Shivam Pratap Singh (@shivampratapsi4) 1593759827000
We looked up the Twitter account of BJYM leader Vikas Dubey and found a video posted by him in which he warns of criminal action against those linking him with gangster and spreading fake news.
गलत पोस्ट करके लोगों को भ्रमित करने वाले सभी अराजक तत्वों के खिलाफ कड़ी से कड़ी कार्रवाई की जाएगी https://t.co/zZZayhWtgt
— vikasdubeybjp (@vikasdubeybjp2) 1593766606000
In another tweet from Dubey, he posted a screenshot of one such tweet spreading disinformation about him being a gangster. The screenshot posted by him carried the same image which is being shared with false claims.
अफवाहों से बचेजो भी लोग आज कानपुर में हुए पुलिस पर हमले में सोशल मीडिया के माध्यम से मेरी फोटो डालकर मुझको आरोपी… https://t.co/95N8kEp183
— vikasdubeybjp (@vikasdubeybjp2) 1593759769000
Also looking at both of them closely, it can be ascertained that both are indeed different.
Times Fact Check has found that photo of CM Yogi with BJYM leader Vikas Dubey is being shared with a false claim that he is gangster Vikas Dubey.