Hyderabad: A photograph allegedly showing a BJP worker who was murdered by TMC goons has been doing the rounds of social media. On the back of the man’s t-shirt is scribbled, “Punished for working for the BJP”. Many users have claimed the incident took place recently.
A Twitter user wrote, “This is Trilochan Mahato, an 18-year-old boy from West Bengal. TMC activists murdered him and wrote on his t-shirt ‘This is a punishment for joining BJP’. Today TMC MP Derek O’Brien has gone to UP to talk about law and order. Do you see their disgusting politics?” (archived tweet).
ये पश्चिम बंगाल का एक 18 साल का लड़का त्रिलोचन महतो है। जिसका TMC कार्यकर्ताओं ने हत्या कर दी और उसके टीशर्ट पर लिख दिया 'ये भाजपा में शामिल होने का सज़ा है।'
और आज TMC सांसद डेरेक ओ ब्रायन यूपी गए है कानून व्यवस्था पर ज्ञान छिलने। घिनौनी राजनीति देख रहे हो इनके? pic.twitter.com/ngUylAHKfW
— Arpita Jana ♓ (@arpispeaks) October 2, 2020
The claim that this is a recent incident from 2020 is FALSE.
NewsMeter performed a reverse image search and found a report by Swarajya and DNA from May 2018. According to the reports, this incident took place in 2018 in Purulia district, West Bengal. The boy, identified as Trilochan Mahato, was a BJP worker. A poster found near his body read, “You have been working for BJP at this age. We have been trying to kill you since elections and today we killed you.”
Home minister Amit Shah had also tweeted the image in May 2018 along with the poster.
Deeply hurt by the brutal killing of our young karyakarta, Trilochan Mahato in Balarampur,West Bengal. A young life full of possibilities was brutally taken out under state’s patronage. He was hanged on a tree just because his ideology differed from that of state sponsored goons. pic.twitter.com/nHAEK09n7R
— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) May 30, 2018
According to ANI and DNA, on 24 June 2018, a 45-year-old man was arrested in connection with the murder. This proves that this case is not recent.
BJP Worker Trilochan Mahato murder case: A 45-year-old man was arrested earlier today in connection with the case. Body of Trilochan Mahato was found hanging from a tree in Balarampur's Khudigora jungle (West Bengal) on May 30, 2018.
— ANI (@ANI) June 24, 2018
Hence, the claim that an incident where a BJP worker, who was murdered by TMC goons, was found hanging from a tree is from 2020 is FALSE.