A photo has been shared on social media with the message, “Have you ever seen the police cleaning a temple? No, right? In West Bengal, Mamata didi’s police officers are cleaning a mosque for namaz prayers.”

The image has been posted on numerous Facebook groups. (Link 1, Link 2, Link 3, Link 4)

Several other users also tweeted the photo. (Link 1, Link 2)


Alt News performed a reverse image search and found the original photo in a Facebook post dated June 18, 2016. AK News posted the image reporting that Bhainsa police personnel cleaned the Panjesha Markaz Masjid on the occasion of Ramadan.

Upon a closer look, we noticed a board in the background reading ‘SK Toys’ in the upper right corner of the image. Through a Google search, we found a shop by the same name in Bhainsa, Telangana. The signboard of the shop matches the one seen in the viral image. We also verified that the shop is located near the Pangesha Masjid using Google Maps, which confirms that the photo is indeed from Telangana’s Bhainsa.

A Facebook page called Swachh Telangana – Swachh Hyderabad had posted several images of police officers cleaning and sweeping. Telangana police had also shared a few such images on June 20, 2016, as police personnel cleaning a mosque and a temple and planting trees as part of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. One of the images was picked up and shared with a false claim.

The DSP Bhainsa, CI Mudhole, SIs Tanoor, Lokeshwaram & Mudhole conducted Swatch Bharath programme and clean the Temples and Mosques and planted plants at Mudhole.

Posted by Telangana State Police on Monday, June 20, 2016

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Kinjal Parmar holds a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology. However, her keen interest in journalism, drove her to pursue journalism from the Indian Institute of Mass Communication. At Alt News since 2019, she focuses on authentication of information which includes visual verification, media misreports, examining mis/disinformation across social media. She is the lead video producer at Alt News and manages social media accounts for the organization.