We began verifying the claim by checking the original post on the handle of @thedaxpatel, who, in response to a comment, had clarified that the news snippet was from Gujarat Samachar. However, Newschecker was unable to find any such report on the news website.
Newschecker then reached out to Gujarat Samachar for clarification, and were informed that the viral news clipping was fake and that they have not published any such report.
We also found that several users also shared a tweet by PIB fact check in response to Gokhale’s tweet, which clarified that there was no such RTI response from any department.
Newschecker has also reached out to the Morbi district magistrate for their response on the same. The article will be updated with their response when we receive it.
A fake news snippet, falsely citing a non-existent RTI response, is going viral on social media claiming Rs 30 Cr was spent on PM’s Morbi visit.
(This article was first published by Prathamesh Khunt for Newschecker Gujarati)
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