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A Fake Photoshopped Photo Of This Sikh Guy Is Going Viral Again

Less than a year after being accused of being responsible for the attacks in Paris, an image circulating online claims Veerender Jubbal was involved in the Nice attack.

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A Sikh man who was wrongly accused of being responsible for the Paris attacks last year has been targeted for a second time, after a photoshopped image circulated on social media claiming he was behind the attack in Nice.

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The image – which was printed in some of the world's biggest newspapers – was quickly debunked by social media users, who noticed the iPad had been photoshopped as a Quran.

That’s an iPad, not a Quran, and the Dastar (turban) is worn by Sikhs.

Jubbal spoke out against the fake image, and said he believed he was targeted by supporters of Gamergate because he was an outspoken critic of the controversial online movement.

People are editing, and photoshopping my selfies as if I am one of the people causing the issues/problems in Paris.

In a statement at the time, Jubbal described the experience as "deeply disturbing."

On Friday, for a second time in less than a year, the fake image of Jubbal was being circulated online again.

People are wrongly identifying my Sikh friend as being responsible for the #Nice attack. Please help end the rumors.

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Several users who tweeted out the fake image – including @OfficialSamHyde shown above – now have their accounts suspended.

Simran Singh, a friend of Jubbal, stressed the circulation of the faked image was not "a joke" and urged people to end the rumors.

It's not "just a joke." Last year several newspapers named him as a suspect. His life has never been the same. https://t.co/Gxtj4j21o7

Singh, who is a Senior Religion Fellow at the Sikh Coalition, said people who are sharing the photo are "fear-mongering" and "putting the lives of innocent people at risk."

Singh told BuzzFeed News: "Veeren has been an incredible advocate for equal rights across the online community, and unfortunately, people who disagree with his positions have attacked him in repulsive and inhumane ways. Last year, someone photoshopped an image of him and used it to spread rumors that he was involved in the Paris attacks. Now, someone else is circulating his photo and claiming he had something to do with the Nice attacks.

For those who think it's just a meaningless joke, last year when this happened, several news outlets in Europe published his photo and named him as a suspect. These false accusations put my friend's life at risk, and his life has never been the same."

Others noted Jubbal was forced to leave social media after being accused of being a Paris attacker.

This man ?@Veeren_Jubbal stood up for women and because he is a Sikh he has had is photo show up for EVERY attack

Others said his life was "ripped apart" after the false claim last year.

This framing of @Veeren_Jubbal must stop! His life has already been ripped apart by the last false accusation.

Many are urging people to be extra vigilant in reporting the fake photo.

4. Please, PLEASE do your best to report and take down any pictures accusing @Veeren_Jubbal. This is the SECOND TIME he is being framed.

In an article he wrote for the Guardian earlier this month, Jubbal said he received a death threat because of the fake photo in December, from a Twitter user who listed his home address and number.

BuzzFeed News has contacted Veerender Jubbal for a comment.

Rossalyn Warren is a senior reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

Contact Rossalyn Warren at rossalyn.warren@buzzfeed.com.

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