News circulated a few days ago from Meerut, Uttar Pradesh. It claimed that someone stole a javelin from the statue of Neeraj Chopra in broad daylight. The news was circulated by several accounts and news portals, prominent ones being @bstvlive, @news24tvchannel, @ghoshi_manjeet and @SantoshYKT .However, the police and Meerut Development Authority (MDA) officials clarified that they installed a duplicate javelin and later replaced it with the original one. The news about the stolen javelin is false and baseless.
Details of the Incident
News reports alleged that an unknown miscreant stole a javelin from the statue of world champion Neeraj Chopra at the Sports City intersection of Meerut City in Uttar Pradesh. However, Meerut Police denied these reports. They confirmed that they replaced a fake spear installed two months ago with a real one, based on suggestions of the businessmen. The Meerut Police warned against posting misleading news without verification.
Social activist Lokesh Khurana underlined the issue first and called for an investigation. He said that if someone stole it, we should make efforts on a war footing to trace it and if it is broken, we should immediately order an inquiry to fix responsibility”. Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Rohit Singh Sajwan confirmed that they were examining all available CCTV footage in the area.
It appears that propagandists, including media outlets, are circulating false news to mislead people and target the government. You can refer to the findings of this inquiry in the Twitter thread embedded below.
Claim: Someone stole a javelin from the statue of Neeraj Chopra in Meerut, Uttar Pradesh.
Fact: The news about the stolen javelin is false and baseless.
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