Hyderabad: A photo that claims to be the "original photo" of Bhagat Singh has gone viral on social media.



Fact Check

The man in the photo is not Bhagat Singh and the claim is false.

NewsMeter performed a Google reverse image search and found many articles that said the man in the photo is Nawab Tafazzul Husain Khan.

We found a tweet by Heritage Times that had shared a similar photo on 20 May 2018. The tweet read, "#HeroOf1857. Nawab Tafazzul Husain Khan, Nawab of Farrukhabad. He was exiled to Mecca for his role in helping rebel forces during Indian Mutiny 1857. #SepoyMutiny #IndianRebellion #UprisingOf1857 (sic)."

Further, a blog called 'History of Pashtuns' had published a similar photo with the title "Tafazzul Husain Khan, Nawab of Farrukhabad, 1857".

A ScoopWhoop Hindi article had published images of the revolutionaries who had sacrificed their lives in the 1857 revolution. Included was the viral image that was identified as Nawab Tafazzul Hussain Khan who had helped the revolutionaries.

We also found a report by India Today dated 25 October 2018. The India Today Fact Check team had debunked the viral claim in 2018. One of the correspondents had reached out to Kazim Ali Khan Bangash, the great-grandson of Taffazul Husain Khan, who had confirmed that the man in the photo is his great-grandfather.

"Tafazzul Husain Khan was the last Nawab of Farrukhabad, who fought the Britishers. He was sentenced to death for helping freedom fighters during the major uprising in India in 1857 but later exiled to Mecca," he had told India Today.

It is evident that this is not the first time that the image has gone viral. The man in the viral image is Nawab Tafazzul Husain Khan, the Nawab of Farrukhabad, and not Bhagat Singh. Hence, the claim is false.

Claim Review :   Viral photo claims to be the original photo of Bhagat Singh.
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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