India’s state-run Press Information Bureau (PIB) removed a photo-shopped image of Prime Minister Narendra Modi conducting an aerial survey of flood-hit Chennai from its website after it sparked online mockery.
The PIB had initially retweeted the photo showing Modi taking an aerial view of flood-hit areas of Chennai, its suburbs and Kanchipuram and Tiruvallur districts.
However, it was soon replaced by another photo showing a closer view of the flooded areas. This new image was pasted on the plane’s window Modi was viewing the scenes through.
This raised the question of authenticity and credibility and PIB was mocked on social media.
PIB immediately deleted the second tweet. When contacted, officials there did not deny the goof-up.
This is not the first time Modi has been the subject of amateur image editing.
Last year, soon after Modi took over as prime minister, a fan of his posted a fake photo showing US President Barack Obama watching one of Modi’s election campaign speeches.
After conducting the aerial survey on Thursday, Modi announced an immediate release of Rs 1,0000 million for relief and rehabilitation works in Tamil Nadu.
Water levels started falling in Chennai on Friday after a dry night, but many areas remained cut off.
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