HYDERABAD: An image of a man carrying a body on his bicycle is viral on social media. Users claim that that the `recent incident' took place in Bihar.
"People of Bihar like this, take the corpse on a bicycle and go around, the ambulance thief will hide the MP ambulance in his house, and the one who reveals it went to jail. The people of Bihar also do not like the service (sic)," reads the message.
The claim is false. This picture is from Telangana, not Bihar.
A reverse image search was performed and that led to April 2020 news report by Mumbai Mirror that carried the same image. According to the report, this image was taken in the Kamareddy district in Telangana. A small-time worker died of a prolonged illness and was found lying in suspicious conditions. Police felt the need for a postmortem and entrusted the job of shifting the body to a sanitation worker. When no one came forward to help and no ambulances were available, the sanitary worker covered the body in a cloth and adjusted it on the rear seat of his cycle.
The same was also reported by 'The Siasat Daily', 'One India' and 'HMTV'. According to a report by TV9 Telugu, the deceased lived in the Gandhi Ganj area of Kamareddy and died of a chronic illness. The sanitation worker tied the cloth to the dead body, put it on the back seat of his bicycle, and took it to the hospital mortuary. The organization became a sensation throughout the district and the worker was highly praised by the authorities and the locals.
Evidently, it is clear that the viral image is not recent. It is not from Bihar. The image was taken in Telangana last year.