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Digvijaya Singh Expresses 'Apologies' For Tweeting Image From Pakistan as Madhya Pradesh

Fact-checking website AltNews pointed out the inaccuracy to Singh, saying it was an old image of a damaged metro pillar in Rawalpindi, Pakistan.

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Updated:June 11, 2018, 11:50 AM IST
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Digvijaya Singh Expresses 'Apologies' For Tweeting Image From Pakistan as Madhya Pradesh
File photo of Congress leader Digvijaya Singh.
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New Delhi: Congress leader Digvijaya Singh on Sunday ended up apologising for tweeting a picture of a damaged metro pillar from Pakistan and claiming it to be a railway bridge in Bhopal.

The leader had expressed concern over the picture as he feared a Varanasi-like accident in May that killed over a dozen people.




"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 on Saturday, along with a photograph of a bridge with a pillar that had developed cracks on it.

Fact-checking website AltNews pointed out the inaccuracy 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.

To Singh’s credit, he did acknowledge the error and tweeted back to AltNews offering “apologies”.

"My apologies. One of my friend sent it to me. My fault I didn't check up (sic)," tweeted Singh, replying to AltNews.

On June 4, Shabana Azmi too had a similar experience when she shared a video of a group of people washing dishes in muddy water on the Twitter. 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 had to apologise.

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