Fake account of CISF official who slapped Kangana Ranaut surfaces on X

By: Rajini KG
June 7 2024

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Fake account of CISF official who slapped Kangana Ranaut surfaces on X

Screenshot of fake X account belongs to CISF security Kulwinder Kaur. Screenshot of X account claiming to be Kulwinder Kaur. (Source: X/Modified by Logically Facts)


The Verdict Fake

The account is not the original account of CISF constable Kulwinder Kaur and its previous handle was '@SatyplamalikG'.

Claim ID 3f3513a3

What is the claim?

An X (formerly Twitter) account, claiming to be of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) constable Kulwinder Kaur who allegedly slapped actor-politician Kangana Ranaut, has surfaced on social media. Ranaut was recently elected as a Member of Parliament (MP) from the Mandi constituency in the North Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. 

On June 6, she was reportedly attacked by Kaur at Chandigarh airport for her disparaging remarks against the farmers during the protests in 2020. The newly-elected Mandi MP had termed the protesting farmers as “Khalistani” supporters. The word Khalistani here refers to hardliners who have been demanding a separate nation for Sikhs.

Shortly after the incident, an account with the username ‘@Kul_winderKaur’ and display name ‘Kulvinder Kaur CISF’ with an image of the CISF official gained traction on X. The account shared several posts related to the alleged incident, and users started retweeting and commenting on the post in the official’s support. While writing this story, the account had over 23,900 followers. An archive of the account can be found here.

Screenshot of X account claiming to be Kulwinder Kaur. (Source: X/Modified by Logically Facts)

However, the account is fake and we found that its earlier handle was ‘@SatypalMalikG’.

What are the facts?

On checking the older posts on the account from May and June 2024, we found that the earlier handle of the account was ‘@SatypalMalikG’.

On June 1, 2024, the account reposted an exit poll published by news channel News 24, where we could notice this handle.  Many other posts from May 2024 also showed the same username. This indicated that the account earlier was ‘@SatypalMalikG’ and recently changed its username to ‘@Kul_winderKaur’.

Screenshot of the recent posts from the account. (Source: X/Screenshot)

We then used the handle '@SatypalMalikG' and looked for interactions on X’s search page. We noticed that the profile which popped up was the one that is now impersonating Kulwinder Kaur. 

(Source: X/Screenshot)

On hovering over the tagged account on one of the responses, the same profile shows up. 

(Source: X/Screenshot)

User ID - It’s a match!

We also checked the user ID, a unique numeric code assigned to each account, of both and found that it, too, matched — 1506590836267827200. 

Screenshot showing the same user ID. (Source: X/Wayback Machine)

The verdict

Clearly, an impostor account of CISF constable Kulwinder Kaur has gained traction and followers on X. Our research has showed that this account’s previous handle was ‘@SatypalmalikG’.

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