Fact Check: Asansol Municipal Corporation Sign Board with Bengali Title

A misleading image has been doing round on social media platforms mainly on Facebook, claiming that the newly renovated Asansol Municipal Corporation building’s sign board doesn’t have a Bengali title and carrying only English, Urdu and Hindi titles.

Several Facebook Posts were generated with the claim that the Corporation has intentionally removed, Bengali title, encouraging other languages in Bengal. The posts were provocative and misleading, so we at News Sense started the investigation.

The Misleading Posts

We spoke to Mayor of Asansol, Shri Jitendra Tiwari, who elaborately described the whole incident, saying “We have recently renovated, the Municipal Corporation building and put a sign board in Bengali, later some of our member wanted it in another languages, as we live in society were cross section of people lives. Keeping that it mind we have put up another board, just below the Bengali sign board in three other languages“. He further added, “this is how some members of another political party started sharing the sign board, crying injustice and humiliation of Bengali language, which is actually not the case”.

The Original Picture

We also spoke to Sukesh Kumar Jain, IPS, Police Commissioner, Asansol Durgapur Police Commissionerate, who said, “we received several complaints related to a fake, misleading and provocative post, claiming that the sign board of Asansol Municipal Corporation doesn’t have Bengali title, acting on the complaint we arrested one Bappa Chatterjee, who first created the post and shared on the social media platforms creating confusion. He has accepted his fault “.

West Bengal Police from its official twitter handle also shared the post clearing the doubt that the social media post was Fake.

Thus, going by our investigation which includes official confirmations from the Police Commissioner, Asansol Durgapur Police Commissionerate and the Mayor of Asansol Municipal Corporation, we can say that the image which is doing round on the social media platforms is fake and has been misrepresented creating confusion among the people.

NB: Don’t share or forward any misleading information on your social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, and WhatsApp, by doing so you are also becoming someone, who is creating panic and confusion among the larger mass and this is a punishable offense.