Fact Check: Liquor bottles for flood victims in Thailand linked to Bihar polls

With elections not far away in Bihar, social media is witnessing hectic political exercise and campaigning. Amid this, an image of a number of packets of liquor bottles is circulating on Facebook and Twitter with the declare that this how the BJP-JD(U) alliance is getting ready to woo voters. Bihar has imposed prohibition on alcohol since 2016.

The caption in Hindi together with the image interprets to, “In Bihar, this is another poll preparation by the BJP and JD(U). Remember people, this is both poison and devastation, and so you must stay away from it.”

India Today Anti Fake News War Room (AFWA) has discovered that the declare together with the picture is deceptive. The viral image is at the least a 12 months outdated and from Thailand.

Similar claims have been shared on Facebook as can seen right here and right here. The archived variations will be seen right here, right here and right here.

AFWA probe

Using reverse picture search, we discovered the identical image carried by a number of Thai web sites in 2019.

According to those web sites, the liquor kits had been sponsored by a person named Johnny for folks affected by floods in Thailand’s Ubon Ratchathani province in 2019.

“No one understands the mind of an alcoholic. During floods, they’ll have to remain stuck without alcohol. Johnny understood their mind and provided a survival kit to all alcoholics,” says one of many articles in Thai.

The articles have additionally carried photos of Johnny handing over the liquor bottles and different aid supplies to folks.

We additionally discovered a Facebook put up by Johnny carried by many of those articles. Taking this as a cue, we searched additional and located the viral picture posted by Johnny on his Facebook profile on September 22, 2019.

The consumer additionally posted a picture of him handing over an analogous equipment to an individual on a flooded street.

We additionally discovered an article from September 17, 2019, the place Johnny is interesting for volunteers to assist him transport aid supplies from his farm to flood victims.

The photos of Johnny distributing liquor and different flood aid supplies had been additionally shared in a YouTube video uploaded on September 25, 2019. The liquor seen within the visuals is Hong Thong, a Thai beverage ready at Bangyikhan Distillery close to Bangkok.

Northern Thailand witnessed extreme floods in September 2019 and the worst affected was Ubon Ratchathani province. More than 20,000 folks had been evacuated and over 33 died as a result of floods, stated an “Al Jazeera” report printed on September 16, 2019.

The viral picture was carried by many social media handles and web sites in India in April this 12 months. A Russian web site had additionally carried the identical picture about 5 months again.

Therefore, it’s clear that the viral image of liquor luggage is outdated and never associated to the Bihar elections. But it’s true that forward of polls, authorities have seized lakhs of litres of liquor, weapons and medicines in Bihar.

ClaimPicture exhibits liquor bottles to be distributed amongst voters by BJP and JD(U) in Bihar. ConclusionThe image is over a 12 months outdated and from Thailand. The liquor bottles had been distributed to flood victims by a person.


The variety of crows determines the depth of the lie.

  • 1 Crow: Half True
  • 2 Crows: Mostly lies
  • 3 Crows: Absolutely false

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