Coronavirus fact check: Are 400 pilgrims stuck in Vaishno Devi temple?
According to reports, the Vaishno Devi pilgrimage yatra was actually shut down on March 18, while the government of India had announced the lockdown on March 24
Many media reports say that around 400 people are stuck in Vaishno Devi due to coronavirus lockdown. Within minutes, many social media users started forwarding the same news through WhatsApp, Twitter and Facebook posts.
What is the actual truth?
According to official reports, the Vaishno Devi pilgrimage yatra was actually shut down on March 18. The government of India had announced the lockdown on March 24.
PIB Fact Check's Twitter handle also negated all the rumours indicating that 400 devotees are stranded at Vaishno Devi in Katra. PIB Fact Check clarifies any misinformation on government policies and schemes.
Who started the false news?
Many media portals were seen misleading the public with news regarding devotees stuck in Vaishno Devi pilgrimage through their social media pages.