On 2nd September 2018, late evening a viral message has started doing rounds on various Indian Social
Platforms, where Delhi’s historic Akbar Road has been renamed as Atal Road.
The message was received as a whatsapp forward, FactCrescendo investigated and found that though the attempt was made by some Deepak Sharma, who in past had been posting communal charged videos and goes by the same name on various facebook pages, his facebook page though a closed group has 144k members.
The video is being shared by various pro hindutva pages.
This particular post has been viewed live by more than two lakh people with 5.1 k reactions, 4.8k shares & 6.5k comments.
Leading the mob Deepak Sharma joined by several others Hidutva Supporters with saffron stoles around their neck can be seen chanting patriotic pro hindutva slogans, when questioned, they claimed that the decision was to erase the memory of an “Invader” and pay respect to “patriot”.
The incident is being covered by various national Media.
Hindu groups want to change the name of 'Akbar Road' to 'Atal Marg' in the national capital, a poster with 'Atal Marg' written on it was stuck on Akbar road to honour late former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the poster was removed by the Delhi Police pic.twitter.com/K5bq8Cavxo
— TIMES NOW (@TimesNow) September 3, 2018
Drama after Hindutva goons replace Delhi's 'Akbar Road' sign with 'Atal Marg' poster https://t.co/x9jL9xsMhb
— Janta Ka Reporter (@JantaKaReporter) September 2, 2018
A similar incident was reported on 10th May 2018, when an attempt was made to rename the road as “Maharana Pratap road” and some miscreants defaced the Akbar Road sign. However the Delhi Police had filed an FIR on the complaint by New Delhi Muncipal Corporation then.
Similarlary on complaint by New Delhi Muncipal Corporation, a case is being filed by Delhi Police and a FIR has been registered against Deepak Sharma, Rahul Sharma,Atul Mishra and a few more.
FactCrescendo verifies that though the incident was real but it is now being propagated with a false narrative, there’s no official name change by the Indian Government and such incidents are carried out by people,who wish to disrupt the communal harmony.
FactCrescendo advises its readers to refrain from sharing such misleading and communally biased videos and do a self check on the true narrative of such incidents before believing them.