Fact Check: Has UP Congress leader Rita Yadav been `shot dead'?

Social media users are sharing a picture of a woman lying on a hospital bed. They identify the woman as Rita Yadav. Users claim that she was "shot dead."

By Misha Rajani  Published on  9 Jan 2022 11:54 AM GMT
Fact Check: Has UP Congress leader Rita Yadav been `shot dead?

Hyderabad: Congress leader Rita Yadav grabbed the headlines after showing a black flag to PM Modi during his visit to Sultanpur to inaugurate Purvanchal Expressway.

Soon after, she was injured after miscreants attacked her near Diara overbridge in Sultanpur.

Social media users are sharing a picture of a woman lying on a hospital bed. They identify the woman as Rita Yadav. Users claim that she was "shot dead."

"Rita Yadav, a woman who showed black flag to PM Modi at Sultanpur rally, was shot dead," users said.




Fact Check:

NewsMeter read several reports on this incident but found no mention of Rita Yadav being shot dead.

The viral image does show Rita Yadav lying on the hospital bed. She was injured after being shot in the right leg.

Rita Yadav, was on her way back home when three gunmen on a motorcycle forced her driver to stop on the Lucknow-Varanasi highway. Later she was shot in the right leg. The driver brought Yadav to the local CHC hospital.

Yadav narrated the shooting incident to Indian Express and said that she thinks this incident took place because of her political work. Yadav said she had no enmity with anyone. Before the incident, she had gone to the Sultanpur market to fetch posters and banners for Congress. While returning home, three youth on a motorcycle forced the driver to stop, opened the door of the SUV, and started shooting.

"A bullet hit me in the leg. Later, they escaped," she said.

An FIR has been lodged at Lambhua Police Station in Sultanpur. No arrests have been made yet. Yadav is in hospital and out of danger.

(Source: Indian Express, Jagran, Jansatta)

Evidently, it is clear that Rita Yadav is alive. The claim that Rita Yadav was "shot dead" is false.

Claim Review:Rita Yadav, a woman who showed black flag to PM Modi at Sultanpur rally, was shot dead.
Claimed By:Social media users
Claim Reviewed By:NewsMeter
Claim Source:Social media
Claim Fact Check:False
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