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Photo of Amit Shah and Yogi Adityanath at 2019 Kumbh Mela shared as a recent one

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A photo is being shared on social media claiming it as the recent visuals of Home Minister Amit Shah and UP CM Yogi Adityanath taking a holy dip at Haridwar Kumbh Mela without wearing a mask. In the wake of rising COVID-19 cases in the country, this photo is being shared on social media. Let’s verify the claim made in the post.

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Claim: Amit Shah and Yogi Adityanath taking a holy dip at 2021 Kumbh Mela in Haridwar without wearing masks.

Fact: The photo shared in the post is an old one. This photo was captured when Amit Shah and Yogi Adityanath took a holy dip at Prayagraj Kumbh Mela in 2019. Hence the claim made in the post is FALSE.

On searching for this photo using relevant keywords, a similar photo was found in a gallery article published by News 18. The description of the photo states that ‘BJP President Amit Shah and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath take a holy dip at Sangam during their visit to Kumbh Mela 2019 in Prayagraj’. This photo was reportedly shot during the 2019 Kumbh Mela at Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh.

News articles and videos about Amit Shah and Yogi Adityanath taking a holy dip at Prayagraj Kumbh Mela can be seen here, here and here.

To sum it up, 2019 photo of Amit Shah and Yogi Adityanath taking a holy dip at Prayagraj Kumbh Mela is falsely linked to ongoing Kumbh Mela in Haridwar.

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