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Fact-Check: Old Video Showing BSP Leader Sunil Khambe Threw Ink on EVM During Voting In Thane, Maharashtra Resurfaced 

A purportedly recent video from Nagpur, Maharashtra, features a man throwing ink onto an electronic voting machine (EVM) at a polling booth while yelling phrases like “EVM Murdabad, EVM Nahi Chalega.”

@WeThePeople3009 tweeted “In Nagpur, this guy threw ink on the EVM machine and raised slogans against EVM. Yesterday Supreme Court Justice Khanna advocated for EVMs and not the Election Commission, the only difference was that he was sitting on the judge’s chair.” on April 19, 2024. The tweet has received an about 302.2k views on X.

Several other accounts, including @Name_Aikyaa, @kainaat1249, @SP_Prahari made the same claim that the video shows the man, who threw ink on the EVM machine and raised slogans against EVM in Nagpur. The archive can be read from above.

What is the Actual Truth About this Incident? : Fact

This is an old video from Thane, Maharashtra, showing a leader of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) named Sunil Khambe throwing ink on an electronic voting machine (EVM)  at a polling booth while voting in the October 2019 Maharashtra assembly elections. There is nothing to do with Nagpur or the current “general elections 2024” in the video, which is not recent. We visited Business Standard, which published an article on this incident on October 21, 2019 with the headline “BSP leader throws ink on EVM machine in Thane”. It added “A Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) leader, Sunil Khambe threw ink on the EVM at a polling booth while voting for Maharashtra Assembly polls on Monday. In a video of his act, Khambe was seen raising slogans of ‘EVM nahi chalega’ (EVM won’t work) at a polling booth here.”. Later, he was dragged to the police station. The Youtube Video was also uploaded on Oct 21, 2019, which means it is not at all recent.

Check out the Youtube Video:

D-Intent’s Fact-Checking Results:

Intent:

Political Influencers are circulating old videos with false claims to set their narrative to influence the ongoing “general elections 2024”. A video that shows a man throwing ink on an EVM at a polling booth and raising slogans like “EVM Murdabad, EVM Nahi Chalega” has been shared, claiming to be a recent video from Nagpur, Maharashtra. This old footage is actually from Thane, Maharashtra, where in October 2019, during the Maharashtra assembly polls, leader of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) Sunil Khambe spilled ink on the electronic voting machine (EVM). The video is not new, and it has nothing to do with Nagpur or the current “general elections 2024”.

Conclusion:

Fact : The fact is that this is an old video from Thane, Maharashtra, where a Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) leader named Sunil Khambe threw ink on the EVM at a polling booth while voting for the Maharashtra assembly polls in October 2019. The video is not recent and has nothing to do with the ongoing “general elections 2024” and Nagpur.

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