Fact Check: Did Rahul Gandhi use his mobile during the mourning of CRPF martyrs from Pulwama terror attack?

Several netizens, including the BJP MP and Bollywood actor Paresh Rawal, have alleged that Congress President Rahul Gandhi used his mobile phone during the wreath-laying ceremony of CRPF martyrs from Pulwama terrorist attack.

Taking to Twitter, Rawal posted a picture in which Gandhi can be seen looking into his cellphone.

“One one side the entire nation is shedding tears over the martyrdom of our brave soldiers, on the other side Rahul is busy using his mobile phone during the wreath-laying ceremony” read the text in the image that Rawal tweeted

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Responding to Rawal’s tweet, some of the social media users call it fake while some used derogatory language to attack the BJP leader.

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TRUTH

Yes, Gandhi did use his mobile phone during the Pulwama martyr’s tribute function. It happened after he was done paying his respects and was standing alongside Army Chief General Rawat and I&B minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore.

VERIFICATION

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=juQAVUo-1aI

The wreath-laying ceremony was broadcasted live by Aaj Tak news channel. In this video, Rahul Gandhi can be seen using his mobile phone around 1:00 hour. Prior to this, the Congress President can also be seen paying respect to the martyrs of Pulwama terror attack.