Hyderabad: Since the day Kishori Pednekar, the Mayor of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, was admitted to the hospital after complaints of chest pain, several reports of her death are going viral on social media.
Now, a screenshot of a news article has been going viral. It claims that Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar passed away at the age of 58. A hashtag, #3rdwave, is also added to the report.
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The claim is false.
After the fake India Today article was widely shared on social media, the Mumbai Mayor, Kishori Pednekar, had tweeted on 18 July that she was alive. "Dear @indiatoday I am very much alive and taking treatment at the Global Hospital. Also FYI ate Dal Khichdi some time back. I am sure as a leading media group you all are aware of basic Journalistic principles. Please bother to verify such news. That's the least one can expect," the tweet read.
Other politicians, including Priyanka Chaturvedi and Supriya Sule, had also tweeted regarding the speedy recovery of the Mayor.
India Today had replied to the Mayor's tweet and apologized.
We then searched for the report by India Today and found that it had been updated. An editor's note had been added that said, "An earlier version of this report had said that Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar had passed away. The error is deeply regretted."
A report by ABP Live also stated that Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar had dismissed the rumours and incorrect media reports about her death saying she is "stable, and very much alive".
According to a report by The Times of India, Mayor Kishori Pednekar was discharged from the hospital on 20 July.
Lastly, we checked the Mayor's Twitter account and found she has been active on the micro-blogging site.
It is therefore evident that the claim that BMC Mayor Kishori Pednekar passed away if false.