Modi travelled to Tamil Nadu's capital Chennai on Thursday to get a first-hand view of the disaster, after the strongest rains in a century killed more than 280 people over a month and
displaced thousands of residents.

The government's Press Information Bureau published a photo on its website that showed Modi looking through the round window of a helicopter, through which a clear view of waterlogged
buildings was visible. It was later taken down.

A similar photograph, but with a blurred view through the window, was posted on Modi's personal Twitter feed (@narendramodi). Commentators on social media accused the PIB of
digitally manipulating its version of the picture. The prime minister's office was shocked to see facts being distorted, said a senior official who declined to be named, adding that officials from the press office have been summoned to reinforce rules and regulations.

"We will not allow anyone to falsify the facts," another official in Modi's office said on Friday. "The prime minister will not tolerate this."The head of the PIB declined to comment.

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