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Fact Check: Message Attributed To MHA Claiming ‘China Sent Toxic Fireworks, Lights For Diwali’ Is Fake

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A message attributed to the ministry of home affairs (MHA)  is being shared on social media urging people to avoid buying lights and firecrackers imported from China this Diwali. The post claims that China is sending special types of firecrackers and decorative lights to India to spread asthma and cause eye diseases.

The post reads: “महत्वपूर्ण सूचना
खुफिया जानकारी के मुताबिक, चूंकि पाकिस्तान भारत पर सीधे हमला नहीं कर सकता, इसलिए उसने भारत से बदला लेने की मांग की है. चीन ने भारत में अस्थमा फैलाने के लिए विशेष पटाखे बनाए हैं, जो कार्बन मोनो ऑक्साइड गैस से भी ज्यादा जहरीले हैं। इसके अलावा भारत में आंखों की बीमारियों को फैलने से रोकने के लिए विशेष रोशनी वाले सजावटी लैंप भी विकसित किए जा रहे हैं। जो अंधेपन का कारण बनता है. पारे का उपयोग बहुत अधिक मात्रा में किया गया है, कृपया इस दिवाली सावधान रहें और इन चीनी उत्पादों का उपयोग न करें। इस संदेश को सभी भारतीयों तक फैलाएं। जय हिंद
विश्वजीत मुखर्जी, वरिष्ठ जांच अधिकारी, गृह मंत्रालय, भारत सरकार, (सीजी)”

(English translation: Important information… According to intelligence, since Pakistan cannot attack India directly, it is now desperate to take revenge on India. China has made special firecrackers to spread asthma in India, which are more poisonous than carbon monoxide gas. Apart from this, decorative lamps with special illumination are also being developed in India to prevent the spread of eye diseases, which cause blindness. Mercury has been used in very high quantities. Please be careful this Diwali and do not use these Chinese products. Spread this message to all Indians. Jai Hind. Vishwajit Mukherjee, Senior Investigating Officer, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, (CG))

Here’s the link to the above post.

FACT CHECK 

NewsMobile fact-checked the post, and found it to be false.

The NM team checked the website of the MHA and found no one by the name of Vishwajit Mukherjee or Biswajit Mukherjee, or with some variations of the same name in the list.

Even the press releases issued by MHA have not carried any such notice.

The Press Information Bureau also confirms that MHA has not issued any such notice and the message in circulation is false.

The post reads: “गृह मंत्रालय के कथित अधिकारी के नाम से वायरल हो रहे एक मैसेज में दावा किया गया है कि चीन भारत में अस्थमा फैलाने और नेत्र रोग उत्पन्न करने के लिए विशेष किस्म के पटाखे और सजावटी लाइट्स भेज रहा है #PIBFactCheck यह मैसेज #फर्जी है…गृह मंत्रालय ने ऐसी कोई सूचना जारी नहीं की है” (English translation: A viral message in the name of a Home Ministry official claims that China is sending special types of firecrackers and decorative lights to India to spread asthma and cause eye diseases. #PIBFactCheck This message is #fake.. .Home Ministry has not issued any such information)

Hence, it is clear that the message in circulation is false and has not been issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs.

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