Following the aftermath of the Pulwama blasts on February 14, Indian security agencies went on a hunt to locate the mastermind. On February 18, security forces killed Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorist Ghazi Rasheed in an encounter in the Pulwama district in Jammu and Kashmir. Rasheed is considered to be the mastermind of the Pulwama attacks which claimed the lives of 40 jawans. However, in the rush to push out the news, a couple of news outlets shared an incorrect image of whom they claimed to be Rasheed.
Major news outlets overlooked the fact that the viral image was actually a morphed one. The inauthenticity of the image was first noted by Twitter user Shuvankar Mukherjee. He raised a couple of questions over the image. Mukherjee quizzed online about why the terrorist carried a taser on one side and a police baton on the other. He also questioned the uniform, which he thought is designed for cops. A reverse search of the image, conducted by Newslaundry, showed the image of a Brazilian police officer.
A couple of other search results also showed the image to be similar to that of pop singer Jon Bon Jovi. The Twitter thread also shows similar results shared by other users.
According to reports, Ghazi was a Pakistani national and was known as Kamran. Security forces waged a 12-hour long encounter with JeM terrorists and eliminated Rasheed. Ghazi was an Afghan veteran and a specialist in improvised explosive devices (IED). He trained Adil Dar, the terrorist of the Pulwama attack.Read More