HYDERABAD: A photoshopped image of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee "walking away" from the wheelchair is viral on social media with the false claim that she faked her leg injury.

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We performed a reverse image search and found the original image by Reuters from June 2012. The image is credited to B Mathur and the title reads, "Mamata Banerjee walks after her meeting with Sonia Gandhi, at her residence in New Delhi".

We compared the original image to the viral image and found that the hand gestures and walking style are the same. It proved that the viral image is fake.

We found the images of Banerjee in a wheelchair carried by THE PRINT and BUSINESS STANDARD and found the background is the same. (Notice the men in the background)

The 2012 image was edited to make it seem as if Banerjee was wearing a saree with a dark-blue border (similar to the one she wore upon being discharged).

Evidently, it is clear that the viral image is fake and that Banerjee did not "walk away" from the wheelchair.

Claim Review :   Mamata Banerjee “walking away” from the wheelchair
Claimed By :  Twitter 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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