NEW DELHI: Congress leader Digvijaya Singh today apologised for tweeting a picture of a bridge in Pakistan and claiming it to be a railway bridge in Bhopal, days after actor Shabana Azmi did the same over an unverified tweet.
"This is a pillar of an under-construction railway overbridge at Subhash Nagar Railway Gate at Bhopal. The cracks on it raise questions over its quality. I hope what happened in Varanasi doesn't happen here too," Singh had tweeted yesterday, along with a photograph of a bridge with a pillar that had developed cracks on it.
AltNews, a website that cross-checks information posted on Twitter, pointed out the mistake to Singh, saying it was an old image of a damaged metro pillar in Rawalpindi, Pakistan.
The photo of the damaged pillar had been used on the social media multiple times and on each occasion, a different location was mentioned, AltNews said in a tweet.
"My apologies. One of my friend sent it to me. My fault I didn't check up (sic)," tweeted Singh, replying to AltNews.
My apologies. One of my friend sent it to me. My fault I didn't check up.— digvijaya singh (@digvijaya_28) June 10, 2018
On June 4, Azmi too had a similar experience when she shared a video of a group of people washing dishes in muddy water on the microblogging website.
Mam, video is of Malaysian eatery which faces closure after video shows workers washing dishes in puddle of murky water: Link News is https://t.co/n6U2f9fMP0— Ministry of Railways (@RailMinIndia) June 5, 2018
Assuming that they were railways staffers, she had tagged Railway Minister Piyush Goyal in the tweet.
The next day, the Indian Railways issued a clarification, stating that the people shown in the video were workers at a Malaysian eatery, after which the actor issued an apology.
Thank you for clarifying this . I stand corrected. Pls accept my apologies https://t.co/30Kodpcqfm— Azmi Shabana (@AzmiShabana) June 5, 2018