Sikh man Veerender Jubbal in soup after fake image showing him as Paris attacker goes viral

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A Sikh man from Canada found himself in troubled waters after his digitally altered image, falsely portraying him as one of the suicide bombers involved in the Paris attacks, went viral on social media.

Veerender Jubbal can be seen holding a Quran (and wearing a suicide vest in the altered image) instead of an iPad. So much so that the man’s image was published on the front page of one of Spain’s largest newspapers and also used by two leading Italian newspapers.

One of the largest, though unofficial, pro-ISIS channels on Telegram, the same app that the terrorist group used to take responsibility for the Paris attacks, also shared the image.

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Image: BuzzFeed News / Khilafah News / Telegram

It, however, later came to light that the image was photoshopped as it comprised features that one would not normally associate with an ISIS member.

Image courtesy: BuzzFeed News
Image courtesy: BuzzFeed News

Jubbal pulled out all the stops on Twitter to clear the air over the issue by sharing the original bathroom selfie, adding that he had never been to Paris and that he was a Sikh living in Canada.

Jubbal blamed the supporters of GamerGate, a controversial online movement, whom he had been fighting with on the internet for the past one year for the smear campaign against him.

Jubbal was taken aback when Indian media too started sharing his fake image on their portals. He vowed to take a legal action against the erring media houses.

In this hour of need, Jubbal did not find himself alone with people cutting across lines of religion tweeting in his support.