An image of an old man in chains on the hospital bed is going viral. Users claim that Father Stan Swamy was chained during his hospital stay.

In the image shared, we can see an old person with an oxygen mask and his foot chained to the hospital bed.

Several users across the social media platforms have shared this image with the caption, "Is this the way to treat someone who fights for the country? RIP Father Stan"

The same image has been viral on WhatsApp too.


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Fact check:

The claim that the person in chains is Father Stan is FALSE.

When we performed a reverse image search of the image shared, we found that it is from Uttar Pradesh. The incident occurred in May 2021 when a jail official chained a 92-year-old prisoner to his hospital bed during the treatment.

After Father Stan Swamy's demise, several media websites posted the image of him. So when we crosschecked, the image was not that of Stan Swamy.

https://indianexpress.com/article/india/stan-swamy-dead-elgar-parishad-case-7389891/

https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/india/mumbai-stan-swamy-accused-in-bhima-koregaon-elgar-parishad-case-dies-at-84/videoshow/84140282.cms

According to the report from NDTV, Baburam Balwan Singh (92), a convicted murderer, was lodged at the district jail of Etah, Uttar Pradesh. He was admitted to the hospital due to breathing problems when the image was taken.

After a picture was posted on social media, UP Additional Director General (Jail), Anand Kumar ordered warder Ashok Yadav's suspension and sought clarification from his supervisory officer.

According to India today, a 92-year-old man was tied to his hospital bed in Uttar Pradesh's Etah district. The elderly, a jail inmate, was brought to the District Women's Hospital by the prison authorities as he was suffering from shortness of breath due to a non-Covid ailment.

As soon as the matter came to light, DG Jail Anand Kumar suspended Ashok Yadav, the warden of the jail where the elderly is serving his sentence. The superintendent of the Etah jail also directed the hospital authorities to immediately remove the chain.

https://www.indiatoday.in/india/story/92-year-old-prisoner-tied-to-bed-in-up-hospital-1802199-2021-05-13

Therefore, an image of a 92-year-old prisoner in a Hospital from Uttar Pradesh is being shared as that of 84-year-old Stan Swamy, who died in prison. The claim is FALSE.

Claim Review :   Viral picture of man in chains is shared as Father Stan Swamy
Claimed By :  Social Media Users
Fact Check :  False

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