An audio clip had gone viral recently where a person could be heard being told to tweet in favour of Yogi Adityanath from a fake account. The name of Gajendra Chauhan is also mentioned. Propagandists had cited the audio clip to claim that people were being told to tweet in support of BJP for 2 rupees, which led it to being labeled ‘2 Rs Yogi toolkit’.
The audio was posted by retired IAS officer Surya Pratap Singh, who has been attacking the BJP govt continuous for last several months.
ये रहा कथित आडियो!— Surya Pratap Singh IAS Rtd. (@suryapsingh_IAS) May 30, 2021
ये @Gajjusay के लोग हैं।
कहाँ धर्मराज युधिष्ठिर के नाम से जाने जाते थे, कहाँ 2-2 रु में ट्वीट करवाने लगे।
सूचना विभाग बताए ऐसे हज़ारों ट्रेंड जो करवाए जाते हैं उसमें कितने खर्च कर रही है सरकार?
जनता का पैसा उड़ाया जा रहा है जब गरीब दाने दाने को मोहताज है। https://t.co/hVHsLbC5xF pic.twitter.com/eFyvVdHfzu
Uttar Pradesh police investigated the matter following a complaint by Atul Kushwaha on the 31st of May and found that it was a doctored video shared with the intention to cause defamation. In a statement, the Kanpur Nagar Media Cell has said that Ashish Pandey and Atul Kushwaha work in social media management for various clients.
Thus, due to professional rivalry, Pandey wanted to ruin Kushwaha’s reputation. Pandey solicited the help of subordinate Himanshu Saini to achieve the objective. Himanshu befriended a 15-year old boy on social media and recorded two calls which were conversations with him.
After that, Ashish Pandey and Himanshu Saini edited the two audio clips to create a clip that could be made to go viral. It was this doctored ‘2 Rs Yogi toolkit’ audio that retired IAS officer SP Singh had shared on Twitter and ‘journalist’ Rohini Singh had tweeted about it.
‘2 रु पर ट्वीट मिलेगा, एक अकाउंट से 25 ट्वीट करने होंगे, गजेंद्र जी RT करेंगे’— Rohini Singh (@rohini_sgh) May 30, 2021
‘ताजा टूलकिट’ में कथित रूप में पहली बार स्वीकार लिया गया की भक्तों का पर ट्वीट रेट 2 रु ही है।
अधिकारी करोड़ों ले रहे हैं, भक्तों को दो रु मिल रहे हैं?
इस आडियो की जाँच करे @Uppolice।
Evidence has been recovered from the mobile phones and laptops of the accused and both of them have confessed to the crime. A case has been registered under sections 465/468/469/471/505/34 and other relevant provisions of the IT Act.
Earlier this week, the Kanpur Police had filed an FIR against Surya Pratap Singh, Puneet Saini and Himanshu Saini after Atul Khushwaha had registered a complaint against them. He had said that ‘as part of the cheap politics of the Opposition, his name is being ruined on social media. He added that “the audio is also attempting to defame the Yogi government.”