Fact Check: 8-year-old photo of Kanhaiya Kumar viral on social media with fake claim

Ananya Shroff
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New Delhi: Amid the hustle and bustle of the Lok Sabha elections in the country, a picture of Congress candidate from North East Delhi Kanhaiya Kumar is going viral on social media. In the picture, Kanhaiya Kumar has a drip in his hand and he is seen resting. The picture is being shared on social media with the claim that Kanhaiya Kumar is in this condition due to the attack on him during the campaign for the Lok Sabha elections 2024.

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This claim is not true. This photo of Kanhaiya Kumar is 8 years old. This photo of Kanhaiya Kumar is from the time when he went on a hunger strike against the JNU administration. This photo is from the tenth day of the hunger strike of Kanhaiya Kumar and other students. In the year 2016, Kanhaiya Kumar and other students went on a hunger strike against the punishment given by the JNU administration because the hunger strike was organized in JNU in the same year. 9 February There was a big uproar on 9 February 2016. Allegedly in JNU anti national sloganeering The administration had punished some students on charges of rape even before the investigation was completed. The Quint used Google reverse image search option on this viral photo of Kanhaiya Kumar. The same photo of Kanhaiya Kumar was found in a post made on NDTV on May 6, 2016, which was shared by this user. Report It was uploaded with a message. Quoted from PTI Report According to reports, Kanhaiya had ended his fast due to ill health.

Other news of 2016: Apart from this rediff.com This report was given on another news website named Report The same picture of Kanhaiya Kumar was seen in the report. This report was also published on 7 May 2016, in which it was written that Kanhaiya has ended his hunger strike and he has been discharged from AIIMS. magazine.com But there is also this picture of Kanhaiya Kumar News Report Which was uploaded on 06 May 2016.


Kanhaiya Kumar was attacked on May 17 when he was leaving the AAP office in New Usmanpur after a party meeting with local councillor Chhaya Sharma from North East Delhi constituency. Then some people attacked him. One person has been arrested. Even after this attack, Kanhaiya continued his election campaign. An 8-year-old photo of Kanhaiya Kumar is being made viral on social media by calling it recent and linking it to the Lok Sabha elections.

(This story was originally published by The QuintAnd republished by NBT as part of Shakti Collective.)

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