Top Maharashtra government functionaries including chief minister Eknath Shinde and his deputy Devendra Fadnavis claimed that members of the Popular Front of India had shouted “Pakistan Zindabad” slogans during a protest in Pune against the arrest of their leaders a few days earlier.
The claim was repeated by media outlets like Times Now, ANI, Republic, Nai Duniya, and Lokmat.
Did PFI protesters shout ‘Pakistan Zindabad’ slogans in Pune? Police say no.
Police officials in a video message said that PFI members were shouting “Zindabad, Zindabad, Popular Front Zindabad”. There were no “Pakistan Zindabad” slogans.
They said this to Newslaundry too. “Nobody shouted Pakistan Zindabad slogans. This is utterly false. Their slogan was ‘Popular Front Zindabad’,” Pratap Mankar, senior police inspector, Bund Garden, said.
“This is complete fake news. Some channels are spreading misinformation to disturb peace and harmony in our city. We have checked everything, and thoroughly. The protesters were shouting slogans in favour of the Popular Front and not Pakistan,” another cop said to the news website.