HYDERABAD: An image of Home Minister Amit Shah walking beside a poster that reads, 'Room Number 13 Savita Rani Sonagachi', is viral on social media.

Users claim that Shah visited Kolkata's red-light area at Sonagachi.

The image has been edited and shared with false claims as the original picture does not include the details of the address on the wall. It was taken during his door to door campaign in Bhowanipore (West Bengal), for Bharatiya Janata Party candidate Rudranil Ghosh.


NewsMeter performed a reverse image search and found the original image in a tweet by Amit Shah on April 9. Shah states that the images in the tweet were from Bhabanipur's door-to-door campaign. In the original image the poster that reads 'Room Number 13 Savita Rani Sonagachi' is missing. This indicates that the viral image has been morphed.

Below is a comparison of the viral and original image.

Home Minister and BJP leader Amit Shah held a door-to-door campaign in Bhawanipur of Kolkata, ahead of the fourth phase of the West Bengal Assembly Election.

Images from this campaign were morphed and posted on social media with false claims that Shah visited Kolkata's red-light area.

Thus, the claim is false.

Claim Review :   Amit Shah visit Kolkata’s red-light area
Claimed By :  Social Media Users
Fact Check :  False

Misha Rajani

Misha Rajani is a Fact Checker at NewsMeter. She is currently pursuing her Master's degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from St. Francis College for Women. She has written a thesis on “ Role of social media in highlighting injustice”. Apart from pursuing a career in news writing, Misha is also skilled in graphic designing. You can follow Misha on Twitter @misharajani00

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