With a relevant keyword search, we came across a bulletin by TV9 Bharatvarsh dated 17 April 2021, stating that there’s a possibility of a strict lockdown in Maharashtra, according to Deputy CM Ajit Pawar.
The word ‘महाराष्ट्र‘ (Maharashtra) has been edited to say ‘भारत’ (Bharat) in the viral screenshot. The text at the top has also been changed, from “महाराष्ट्र में लगेगा लॉकडाउन.. अजित पवार ने दिए संकेत” (Translation: “Maharashtra will face lockdown… Ajit Pawar gave hints”) to “भारत में लगेगा लॉकडाउन.. पीएम मोदी ने दिए संकेत” (Translation: “India will face lockdown… PM Modi gave hints”)
While the text at the bottom has been added to the bulletin, PM Modi’s image has been edited onto Pawar’s photo.
With a combination of reverse image and keyword searches, we found that the image of PM Modi used in the viral screenshot is from a virtual address at the inauguration of Bengaluru Technological Summit 2020 on 19 November 2020.
He advised that the states should “try to avoid lockdowns as much as possible and the focus needs to be on effective micro-containment zones.”
Several states including Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, among others have announced stricter curbs with the rising COVID-19 cases. The Quint‘s FAQs on what’s allowed and what’s not in different states can be viewed here.