Viral Claim: A viral post on the social media claims, Rajender Singh says BJP workers burned during burning effigy of Rahul Gandhi

Facts Check: False

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चोकीदार को चोर कहने पर राहुल गांधी का पुतला जलाने कि कोशिश में खुद जल गये भक्त

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Facts Check Analysis: A recent video post claiming of burning of BJP workers burnt during burning effigy of Rahul Gandhi is not correct.

Actually this is a three years old video of Congress workers burning an effigy of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Actually this is just the reverse of what is claimed now; the people who got injured during the fire burning incident are actually Congress workers.

As per the news polished by economictimes on Dec 14, 2015, 5 Congress supporters sustain injury while burning PM Narendra Modi's effigy in Shimla.

Five Congress activists sustained injuries while burning an effigy of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in front of the deputy commissioner's office here as part of a statewide protest over the National Herald issue.

ANI, reported for the same on 14th Dec, it said “A Congress worker suffers burns while trying to set an effigy on fire during a protest on #NationalHerald in Shimla.”.

Dnaindia reported “Watch: Congress workers get burned while lighting Narendra Modi's effigy to protest National Herald case”

DNAIndia further reported,

Sonia and Rahul were summoned in the case in June 2014, after Swamy had filed a complaint accusing them of cheating and misappropriation of funds in acquiring ownership of now-defunct English daily National Herald. The paper was set up by Jawaharlal Nehru in 1938, and shut down briefly in the 1940s and 1970s, and ceased operations in 2008. Swamy claims that Sonia and Rahul floated Young Indian which bought Associated Journals Limited, publisher of National Herald and the company was shut down by Sonia.

He claims that Congress funds were used to buy Associated Journals Limited and that the mother-son duo aimed to grab property worth Rs 2000-crore. The Gandhis are the directors of Young Indian and own 76% and the remaining shares are owned by Motilal Vohra, Oscar Fernandes, Suman Dubey and Sam Pitroda. Swamy has alleged that the Congress gave an unsecured loan of Rs 90 crore to the company.

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