In recent days, Tripura has witnessed community violence against the Muslim community. Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) organized a rally to protest the violence against Hindus in Bangladesh, which has escalated into mosque vandalism. Section 144 was imposed on Wednesday in Laxmipur and Kailashahar.
Amidst the violence, it was claimed that a mosque had been set on fire. However, the police called it a rumor. In the same context, an image goes viral on social media in which two people can be seen standing with burnt copies of the Quran in their hands. It is claimed that the viral image is that of Tripura violence.
A Twitter user, while sharing this image, wrote a caption that read: “They burned the Quran. They demolished mosques. They killed Muslims. They raped Muslim women. They still have the audacity to blame Muslims for their crimes. They = Hindu terrorists. Allah will punish the disbelievers. #TripuraAntiMuslimRioots “.
The viral image of the burnt Quran is from Tripura.
Checking the facts:
The Logical Indian Fact Check team verified the claim and found it to be false. The viral image comes from the Rohingya camp in Delhi.
We did a reverse google image search of the viral image, which led to an Instagram post dated June 13, 2021. Asif Mujtaba, Founder and Director of Miles2smile NGO, posted this image and wrote that a fire broke out in the Rohingya refugee camp in Delhi at 5 a.m. He also posted other images with the viral image in his post.
After this image went viral with a misrepresentation, he posted a clarification of his Twitter Account. He wrote: “These images are from the recent fire accident in the Rohingya refugee camp in Kanchan Kunj, New Delhi and not from Tripura. We had these images when @ miles2smile_ started relief work in June of this year. . Please do not share misinformation. ” He credited the Delhi-based photographer Md Méharban for these images in his tweet.
We also contacted Asif Mujtaba. Speaking to The Logical Indian, he said: “These photos were taken by his friend and Delhi-based freelance photographer @ MdMeharban03. A fire broke out in the Kanchan Kunj Rohingya camp in Delhi on June 12. The fire destroyed 55 refugee camps. These photos were taken when his NGO Mile2smile started relief work in the camp. It has nothing to do with the recent violence in Tripura. ”
Our investigation shows that the viral image of the burnt Quran comes from the fire that broke out in the Rohingya refugee camp in Delhi in June 2021. It has nothing to do with recent community violence in Tripura. Therefore, the viral claim is false.
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