Old pictures falsely linked to Tripura violence

Two pictures are viral on social media. In one picture, a woman carrying a child is seen crying.

By Misha Rajani  Published on  30 Oct 2021 1:22 PM GMT
Old pictures falsely linked to Tripura violence

HYDERABAD: Two pictures are viral on social media. In one picture, a woman carrying a child is seen crying. In another image, two men are seen carrying burnt copies of a religious book. Users claim these are pictures from Tripura.

The pictures are being shared with hashtags, "#TripuraAntiMuslimRiots #savehumanity #SaveTripuraMuslims"


FACT CHECK:

The pictures are not from Tripura.

IMAGE 1:

NewsMeter performed a reverse image search and found reports from 2019 that carried the same picture. According to Reuters, the picture was taken on January 22, 2019, when a Rohingya Muslim woman cried while holding her daughter after they were detained by Border Security Force (BSF) soldiers while crossing the India-Bangladesh border. The same image was carried by many other news organizations like Al Jazeera and ABS CBN News with credit to Reuters.


IMAGE 2:

NewsMeter performed a reverse image search and found the same image in a tweet by Aasif Mujtaba, an Independent Journalist and founder of an NGO 'Miles2Smile'. He clarified that the viral image is from a fire mishap at the Rohingya Refugee camp at Kanchan Kunj, New Delhi, and not from Tripura. He stated that the images were taken in June when Miles2Smile began its relief work. The same images were also found on Aasif Mujtaba's Instagram and Facebook pages dated June 13, 2021.



Clearly, the two viral pictures are not linked to unrest in Tripura. The claim is false.

Claim Review:Images are from the recent unrest in Tripura.
Claimed By:Social Media Users
Claim Reviewed By:Newsmeter
Claim Source:Social Media
Claim Fact Check:False
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