Hyderabad: An old man working in an umbrella repairing shop is viral on social media. Users claim that he is former president Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam's elder brother Mohammed Muthu Meera Lebbai Maraikayar.



The post claimed that he is 104-year-old and earns his bread and butter by repairing umbrellas.

Fact Check

The claim is a hoax.

On performing a keyword search, we found that this viral post has been doing rounds since 2015 after Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam passed away due to cardiac arrest while delivering a lecture at the Indian Institute of Management, Shillong.

We then found a 2015 post on the Facebook page `The BACK benchers'.



We also found a similar post that went viral in 2020 as well.



We then searched for the profession of the former president's elder brother. We did not find any reports that would prove the claim. His elder brother was the chairman and one of the trustees of APJ Abdul Kalam International Foundation.

https://www.apjabdulkalamfoundation.org/team


We then compared both the images and found that there were no similarities.


We then searched for reports related to his age and found Abdul Kalam's elder brother passed away at the age of 104 on March 07, 2021, due to age-related causes. Many mainstream media had reported the news of his death.


https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/apj-abdul-kalam-s-brother-mohammed-muthu-meeran-passes-way-at-104-101615137072102-amp.html

It is therefore evident that the viral post is a hoax. The old man in the viral picture is not former president Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam's elder brother. His elder brother never worked at an umbrella repairing shop. He passed away this year.

Claim Review :   Aged man working in an umbrella repairing shop is former president Dr. APJ Abdul Kalams elder brother.
Claimed By :  Social Media Users
Fact Check :  False

Tejal Sinha

Tejal Sinha is currently a Fact Checker at NewsMeter. She is pursuing Masters in Journalism and Communication from St Francis College for Women. She is open to learning new things while exploring the road to unbiased journalism. She has also been awarded best report by women journalists, 2021. You can follow Tejal on Twitter @SinhaTejal

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