PIB removes PM photo from website after question about its authenticity

New Delhi: A photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi posted by Press Information Bureau on its website purportedly showing him in a helicopter during an aerial survey of flood-hit Chennai on Friday was removed after questions were raised in social media about its authenticity.

PIB removes PM photo from website after question about its authenticityThe 'photo' of Narendra Modi which raised questions about its authenticity. Pic/PTI

The Prime Minister made an aerial survey of the flood-hit areas of Chennai, its suburbs and Kanchipuram and Tiruvallur districts. He arrived from Delhi at naval working station INS Rajali in Arakkonam, about 60 km from Chennai.

In the picture, houses and water were reportedly seen clearly which Twitterati felt could not be possible during an aerial survey. Soon after questions were raised about the authenticity of the picture, PIB took it off from its website.

When contacted, PIB officials did not deny the goof up. The Prime Minister announced an immediate release of Rs 1,000 crore for relief and rehabilitation works in Tamil Nadu.

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