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).
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FACT CHECK:

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.”
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Home minister Amit Shah had also tweeted the image in May 2018 along with the poster.


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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.


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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.

Misha Rajani

Misha Rajani is currently a Freelance Fact Checker at Newsmeter and is a final year student at Loyola Academy Degree and Pg College. She is doing her degree in Psychology, English, and Journalism. She has a zeal for learning and is very passionate about writing. Apart from writing articles, she also writes poetry.

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