A picture has gone viral on social media which claims to be of Wing Commander Abhinandan who was held captive by Pakistan in February. According to the text attached to the picture, the man in the picture is Abhinandan and he is campaigning for Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The text read: “विंग कमांडर अभिनंदन जी ने खुलेआम बीजेपी का समर्थन किया है और वोट भी डाला है मोदी जी को प्रधानमंत्री बनाने के लिए और इनका कहना है वर्तमान में मोदी जी से अच्छा प्रधानमंत्री कोई दूसरा नहीं हो सकता दोस्तों पहुंचा दो जिहादियों और कांग्रेसियों तक तुम किसी जवान को जिंदा वापस ना ला सके और आज अभिनंदन जिंदा वापस भी आया और बीजेपी को वोट भी डाला|”
(Translation: Wing Commander Abhinandan has openly supported BJP and has voted for Modi to make Prime Minister and he has to say that the present Prime Minister cannot be second to Modi, friends, friends, till two jihadis and Congressmen Can not bring back alive and today congratulations came back alive and even voted for BJP.)
Team of fact checkers at NewsMobile checked the viral post and found that it is FAKE.
There are two components in the above post which proves that the viral post is FAKE.
Firstly, according to Election Commission guidelines, government employees need to remain impartial and should also be seen independent, neutral and impartial all matters relating to the elections and that they should treat all parties and candidates equally, fairly and justly.
Moreover, the Indian Air Force guidelines also say that no personnel can endorse any political party.
Hence, Abhinandan has not campaigned for Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP.
Moreover, the man in the picture is also not Wing Commander Abhinandan.
On closely observing the picture of the man and Wing Commander Abhinandan, one can make out the difference between the two.
Though the man looks similar to Abhinandan because of their moustache, but their shoulder line is very different. The man in the viral picture has dropping shoulders unlike Abhinandan in right.
Hence, the viral post is FAKE and need not be believed.
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