A video of a bulldozer tearing down a white building with dome-shaped structures has gone viral on social media platforms. It has been claimed that the visuals are from Unnao, where a mosque, along with houses built on illegal land, was demolished. Twitter user Uma Shankar Raghav tweeted this video. (Archive link)

It is noteworthy that the claim has also made a reference to a video of a man who says Badrinath Temple in Uttarakhand is a religious site for the Muslim community. The individual was said to be associated with the Aam Aadmi Party but Alt News fact-check identified him as Maulana Abdul Latif Qasmi of the Darul Uloom Niswah Madrasa.

A Facebook page called ‘Expose The Deshdrohis‘ has also posted this clip with the same claim.

The footage is being shared widely across Facebook and Twitter.


Alt News performed a keyword search, which led us to a News18 story dated July 27. According to the report, illegally constructed houses built on land owned by the Irrigation Department were torn down in the Sohramau Police Station area falling on the Lucknow-Kanpur highway in Unnao. On June 23, 2020, District Panchayat member Arun Singh had lodged a complaint against the individuals who were illegally residing on the Irrigation Department’s land.

The article states, “An official said that the total length of the main canal route was 900 meters. Five owners of eight houses measuring 160 meters long and 7 meters wide had been warned earlier through a notice, but none of them had removed their encroachments. As per the orders of the chief minister, action was taken against these individuals as part of the initiative to remove encroachments from government-owned property.”

Mahendra Singh, Jal Shakti Minister for Uttar Pradesh, posted this video on July 26. The following day, Singh tweeted and shared newspaper clippings reporting on the removal of the encroachments.


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Posted by Dr. Mahendra Singh on Monday, July 26, 2021

Alt News reached out to Unnao ASP Shashi Shekhar Singh to get to the bottom of the viral claims on social media. “The claims going around on social media are false. We will take cognizance of this issue. At present, we would like to clarify that no mosque was part of the illegal constructions that were torn down. There were only some houses and shops there. Also, as far as I know, the homes built on the illegally occupied land did not even belong to members of the Muslim community,” he explained.

Thus, a video of illegal encroachments being torn down in Unnao was shared on social media with the false claim that the Muslim community had occupied the land and built luxurious houses and mosques there.

About the Author

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.