This photo does not show late Indian activist Stan Swamy before he died -- it shows another prisoner

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A photo of an old man chained to a bed has been shared hundreds of times in multiple Facebook posts that claim it shows the final moments of a detained Indian rights activist and Jesuit priest before he died in early July 2021. The claim is false: the photo has circulated in reports since May 2021 about a 92-year-old prisoner being treated at a hospital in the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.

The photo was shared on Facebook on July 5, 2021.

The post’s caption translates to English as: “What a different scene than what we have lived under the rule of such a deadly monster. Deep condolences to 84-year-old late social activist Stan Swamy.”

Father Stan Swamy was an 84-year-old rights activist and Jesuit priest who died in hospital on July 5, 2021. He had been imprisoned for nine months without trial under Indian anti-terrorism laws.

A screenshot of the misleading Facebook post ( AFP)

The photo was also shared here and here on Facebook alongside a similar claim.

The claim, however, is false.

A reverse image search on Google found the original photo was published here by Indian news outlet NDTV on May 13, 2021.

The report states it shows a 92-year-old prisoner being treated in a hospital in the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.

The report reads in part: “A jail official was suspended on Thursday for chaining a 92-year-old prisoner to his hospital bed during treatment in Uttar Pradesh's Etah district, the authorities said.”

The photo's caption reads: "Baburam Singh, a convicted murderer, was taken to the hospital due to breathing issues."

The prisoner is named in the report as Baburam Balwan Singh.

A screenshot of the NDTV report, taken on July 13, 2021. ( AFP)

Below is a screenshot comparison of the photo in the misleading posts (L) and the NDTV photo (R):

Screenshot comparison of the misleading post's photo (L) and the NDTV photo (R)

The story was widely reported alongside the same photo by various Indian news websites in May 20201, including by Times of India and India Today.

Below is a screenshot of a photo of Stan Swamy from the Times of India website published on July 5, 2021:

A screenshot of the report on The Times of India, taken on July 13, 2021. ( The Times of India / )