Dogfight over ‘fake’ tweet on Modi’s German Shepherd

ANI approached the police and informed that the tweet was allegedly photoshopped by unidentified persons.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: April 15, 2015 11:38 am
narendra modi, modi tweet, fake tweet, Modi German shepherd tweet, ANI, ANI Agnecy fake tweet, delhi news, city news, delhi newsline, local news In the eye of the storm was Aam Aadmi Party social media head Ankit Lal, who had tweeted a screen shot of a purported ANI post on Modi’s comments.

A “fake” tweet about Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s comments in Germany on Tuesday took the social media by storm and resulted in a complaint being filed with the police by TV news agency ANI.

In the eye of the storm was Aam Aadmi Party social media head Ankit Lal, who had tweeted a screen shot of a purported ANI post on Modi’s comments.

The post, which was supposed to be a quote from the PM, read: “My love for Germany goes decades back. When I was a small boy in Guj my only friend was a German Shepherd:PM #ModiInGermany.”

Smita Prakash, an editor at ANI, later tweeted: “This is a photoshopped tweet by @ankitlal. ANI did not tweet it nor did the PM say it.” According to Lal, he had not photoshopped the post but had downloaded the photo after it was tweeted by another person. “Around 12.30 pm today, a Congress supporter had tweeted a screen shot of this ANI tweet. I did not retweet this post. Instead, I downloaded the image and tweeted it some minutes later. I have posted screen shots of both these tweets now.” Lal said.

Around 1.45 pm, Lal’s tweet said, “Narendra Modi saheb, kyun desh ki izzat ko dhul-mitti kar rahe ho? Soch kar bola karo, (Mr Narendra Modi, why are you soiling the dignity of India. Think before you speak).”

Soon afterwards, Twitter world went abuzz with attacks on Lal and the AAP. “As soon as I was informed that the tweet was fake, I removed it. However, the attacks, especially by BJP supporters continued,” Lal said.

ANI approached the police on Tuesday evening, informing them of the tweet being allegedly photoshopped by unidentified persons. They sent the complaint to the Cyber Cell of the Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of the Delhi police.

“They e-mailed us the complaint today. However, they will give us the complaint in writing tomorrow, after which appropriate action will be taken. No FIR has been registered yet,” DCP (EOW), Rajneesh Garg, said.

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  1. R
    Apr 15, 2015 at 5:07 pm
    PAAP and SCAMgress have shown their true colors - by trying to disgrace and attacking the PM when he is on a foreign trip to Germany to get investments and FDI on behalf of India. Instead of supporting the PM in his foreign trips - we have traitors and criminals, trying to sabotage the relations between India and Germany through false tweets of the PM. Such behavior is illegal as any actions that try to hamper the relations between India and its ties with foreign governments is a criminal act under the Indian Penal code. An FIR must be registered and a case of treason filed against these traitors.
    1. Leopoldo Torrini
      Apr 15, 2015 at 1:29 am
      No meetings with in Brussels for Modi? No discussions at the EU level where trade policies are agreed and economic cooperation between Europe and India may be enhanced? Left with the signing of lousy deals with France (Rafele) and cutting ribbons in Germany? The shadow of the illegal detention of two Italian Marines unfortunately looms large on this Modi's trip. For the untold truth behind the Italian Marines case, you can google 'Italian Marines Innocent youtube' and watch the 6:40 minutes video (youtube(dot)com/watch?v=HpopTBBV2q0). Merkel, Hollande and Harper (i.e. Germany, France and Canada) should not close their eyes
      1. M
        Mamma Mia
        Apr 15, 2015 at 8:12 am
        mamma mia... pizza anti pasti... karrakto
        1. M
          Apr 15, 2015 at 11:28 am
          do we really need any out side enemy now ? the hatred towards some AAP CONGRESS members made them a anti indian voice...they are acting like anti indian ..just to defame modi they are insulting indians ..shame du we really wantt o know who are behid fake church atack in delhi ..???
          1. M
            Apr 15, 2015 at 5:51 pm
            Yes, Mr. Raj, this is something serious what we have read as stated by you to disgrace & tarnish the image of our PM ..Hope necessary action will be initiated against those traitors concerned.
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