Hyderabad: An image showing several liquor bottles in polythene covers has been shared by Teenmar Mallanna, a Telangana journalist, with the caption “Vaccination Ready in Dubbaka @TelanganaDGP @ECISVEEP @DrTamilisaiGuv @siddipetcp”
This is in reference to the bypoll for the Dubbaka Assembly constituency in the state scheduled for November 3, due to which the area so far has witnessed high drama and political tension. In this situation, this viral image is being shared with the implication that liquor is being distributed before elections to sway the public vote.
Many Twitter users have shared the image with a similar opinion.
The claim that this image comes from Dubbaka is FALSE.
When the image is run through Google Reverse image search, it led to Vishvas News where reports about the image are mentioned.
According to these reports, the alcohol bottles seen in the image were part of supplies for survival bags gathered by a person named Jonny that were distributed among the flood victims of Ubon Ratchathani Province of Thailand in 2019.
This image was also separately claimed to be from Bihar a few days ago when the campaigning for the state elections was at its peak. The Bihar state elections began on 28 October and will continue till 7 November. This fake news was debunked by several fact-checking organisations like India Today etc.
Hence, the image shared came from Thailand and NOT from Dubbaka, and is from September 2019.