By Anusha Rao On April 20th, 2020

A video of police collecting currency notes on a road is being shared on Facebook with a claim that in Indore (Madhya Pradesh), Muslims are scattering currency notes of 100, 200 and 500 on road to spread coronavirus to other people. Let’s analyze the authenticity of the claim made in the post.

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Claim: Muslims scattered currency notes on a road in Indore to spread coronavirus.

Fact: The currency notes shown in the video are not thrown on the road by anyone with the intention to spread coronavirus. When FACTLY contacted Indore police, they said these currency notes slipped on the road from a gas cylinder delivery boy’s clothes. Also, the name of the person who lost money on the road is Ram Narendra Yadav. He is not a Muslim. Hence the claim is FALSE.   

When the incident mentioned in the post was searched on the internet, an article published in ‘Times of India’ was found in the search results. From the article, it can be read that currency notes of Rs. 500, Rs. 200, Rs. 100, Rs. 50 and Rs. 10 denominations with a total sum of Rs. 6,480 were found scattered on a road in Indore, and police were investigating how the currency ended up on the road. More information related to the incident can be read here and here.

When the news that currency notes strewn on a road in Indore is being shared on social media as those scattered by Muslims to spread coronavirus, ‘FACTLY’ contacted Hira Lal (Indore) police on phone, who clarified that these currency notes slipped on the road from a gas cylinder delivery boy’s clothes. Also, the incident doesn’t have any relation to Muslims. The name of the person who lost money on the road is Ram Narendra Yadav and is not a Muslim.

To sum it up, a video of currency notes strewn on a road is being falsely shared as that of currency notes scattered by Muslims on a road in Indore to spread coronavirus

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Originally published at Factly