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Indian Eatery in UK Could Close After 'Human Meat' Report


Updated: May 18, 2017, 11:55 AM IST
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Indian Eatery in UK Could Close After 'Human Meat' Report
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London: An Indian restaurant in the UK could be forced to shut down after a fake news report claimed it serves human meat. The fake report went viral on Facebook.

Shinra Begum, the owner of 'KarriTwist' in south east London, said people threatened to vandalise the building and police officers were called in.

The article reportedly originated from a prank news site where anonymous users can submit their own fake news before, metro.co.uk reported.

"One person said he would have broken the windows if our shutters weren't up. One member of the public did report it to the police. It has greatly affected our business. We have had people call us up telling us ‘how dare you serve us human meat’. If it wasn't happening to me I would laugh about it," Shinra said.

"This has done the rounds everywhere and people are believing this. We have had it for 60 years and it could shut down after somebody wrote something like this," she said.

"Even though the article, consisting of just a single paragraph, was littered with spelling and grammatical errors, people believed it was true," Shinra added.

It was shared on Facebook with the headline: 'ASIAN RESTAURANT SHUT DOWN FOR USING HUMAN MEAT.'

The fake story read: "Last night Indian restaurant owner Rarjan Patel was arrested for using human meat in his food recipes at his New Cross Restaurant, it is said that a total of 9 human body's were found frozen ready to be processed for meat, Rarjan Patel remains in custody for further questioning whilst the restaurant has been closed down."

The prank news site contains a number of fake stories, including false reports claiming people have died and that certain individuals are paedophiles, PTI reported.

(With PTI inputs)

First Published: May 18, 2017, 11:55 AM IST
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