Lack of patience of Assam news channels to verify any particular news before flashing it as breaking has once again come to fore. 

On October 31, in five people, including a child, died in a road mishap at Besimari under Dalgaon police station in Assam’s Darrang district.  

The news channels in Assam wasted no time in flashing a breaking news stating that a young YouTuber from Barpeta district in Assam was among the five dead. 

“13-year-old YouTuber Sania Akhtar dies in Darrang accident,” said one of the news channels in Assam. 

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However, the said YouTuber is alive and has been going through much mental trauma following broadcast of the ‘fake’ news by the news channels. 

“I am still alive,” said the young YouTuber, adding, “Me and my family members were shocked to see my photos in the news channels where they declared me dead.” 

The family members of the girl have requested the TV news channels and news portals not to upload any news without proper verification. 

The young YouTuber further urged the news channels and news portals to remove all ‘fake’ news related to her death from their social media platforms. 

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Five people, including a child, were killed and at least three persons seriously injured on Sunday in a road mishap at Besimari under Dalgaon police station in Assam’s Darrang district. 

Police said five people travelling in a Swift Dzire died on the spot when the car, which was heading towards Mangaldai, collided head-on with a truck on NH 15. 

The deceased have been identified as Monowara Begum, Sania Akhtar, Ibrahim Ali, Azad Ali and Farhad Ali. 

Sources said the deceased were returning from Rowta after shooting videos for their YouTube channel. 

Sasanka Talukdar

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