Hyderabad: Several photos reportedly of RJD workers dumping sweets following their defeat in the Bihar election has gone viral on social media.

One Twitter user shared the photo and wrote, "After loosing battle of ballots in Bihar, RJD workers decided to dump 1000s of 'Rasgulle'. Wish they had served them to the poor instead. It's so important to be educated. #TejashwiYadav (sic)."


Another Twitter user shared two photos allegedly taken at RJD's office in Bihar with a similar claim.


These photos were also shared on Facebook.


Fact Check:

These images are not related to the recent Bihar election. One image is from Madhya Pradesh from a year ago while the other is a recent picture from Haryana.

Image 1:

NewsMeter performed a reverse image search and found an article by Amar Ujala published on 10 November 2020. According to the report, the Chief Minister's flying squad and the Food and Safety Department conducted raids at Radhe Rasgulla plant and dumped one quintal of sweets which were infested with flies and insects. The incident took place in Haryana's Sirsa district.

The report carried the viral image and the title read (translated) "Chief Minister's flying squad destroyed a quintal of spoiled sweets." The caption of the image also mentions Sirsa.

The incident was also reported by Dainik Bhaskar and featured the same viral image.

Image 2:

NewsMeter performed a reverse image search and found the same photo published by Patrika on 17 August 2019. According to the article, the incident occurred in Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh. Officials conducted raids at Jodhpur Mishthan Bhandar where they found spoiled sweets and adulterated food.

Other newspapers, including Bhopal Samachar and News 18 Hindi, also reported the incident with the same viral image.

In conclusion, the photos do not show RJD workers dumping sweets after losing the Bihar elections. It is evident from the media reports that the claims made on social media are FALSE.

Vamsi Krishna Pothuru

Vamsi Krishna Pothuru completed his Masters in Communication from The University of Hyderabad. He has interned with The New Indian Express and Kriti Social Initiatives. With the specialization of media research in masters, he submitted his thesis on the topic of "Fact-checking Initiatives and their response to Fake News in India." He believes that fact-checkers have a huge role to play in the fight against fake news which is a dangerous undercurrent in social media reinforcing hatred and false perceptions. Along with fact-checking, he is also interested in writing about environmental issues and human interest stories.

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