Hyderabad: Two photos, one of a man in handcuffs standing next to police officers and another of hand grenades and bullets, have gone viral on social media with the claim that Assam Congress leader Amjad Ali

was arrested for possessing arms and bullets.

Many social media users have posted the images with the same claim and further said that the man was planning to kill non-Muslims. Below are screenshots of a few posts.




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Fact Check:

The claim that the Congress leader from Assam, Amjad Ali, was arrested for possessing arms and ammunition is FALSE.

NewsMeter searched for Amjad Ali on my.neta.info and found there is no person by that name is the Assam Congress Party.

http://myneta.info/search_myneta.php?q=Amjad+ali

We then performed a reverse image search and found a website that had published the same image in 2018. According to the article, the man in the viral image is Mubarak Hossain, a madrasa teacher. He was arrested for sexually harassing a fourth-grade student in Mymensingh district in Bangladesh.

We compared the uniforms worn by the policemen in the viral photo with the uniform of the Mymensingh police and found that they were the same thus proving that the viral image is from an incident that took place in Bangladesh.

We also performed a reverse image search of the second image and found a tweet by Jammu and Kashmir police from 2018. It read, "A brief exchange of fire on the outskirts of Srinagar city. Three suspected militants arrested among them one is injured. Arms and ammunition recovered. Investigations started."



The same was also reported by Rising Kashmir and Greater Kashmir. They carried the same image and also wrote that the Jammu and Kashmir police claimed to have arrested three suspected militants after a brief shootout near Noora Hospital on the outskirts of Srinagar city.


Both the images are from different incidents and are not related to the viral claim that the Assam Congress leader was caught with arms and ammunition. Hence, the claim is FALSE.


Claim Review :   Assam Congress leader was caught with arms, ammunition
Claimed By :  Social Media user
Fact Check :  False

Misha Rajani

Misha Rajani is a Fact Checker at NewsMeter. She is currently pursuing her Master's degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from St. Francis College for Women. She has written a thesis on “ Role of social media in highlighting injustice”. Apart from pursuing a career in news writing, Misha is also skilled in graphic designing. You can follow Misha on Twitter @misharajani00

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