A massively widespread message claims that Biryani laced with pills that cause impotence was sold to Hindu customers by Muslim shop owners in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu. From the Facebook page Modi The Legend, the claim received 1,000 shares as of this writing.

ಹಿಂದುಗಳಿಗೆ ನಪುಂಸಕತೆ ಉಂಟುಮಾಡುವ ಮಾತ್ರೆಗಳನ್ನು ಬೆರೆಸಿದ ಬಿರಿಯಾನಿ ಮಾರುತ್ತಿದ್ದ ಸಾಬರನ್ನು ತಮಿಳುನಾಡಿನ ಕೊಯಮತ್ತೂರಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಪೊಲೀಸರು…

Posted by Modi The Legend on Monday, 28 March 2022

It is also circulating on Twitter.

A similar message that claimed Muslim-owned hotels on highways across Rajasthan, Gujarat and Maharashtra are mixing the food served to Hindus with tablets that cause impotence was shared last year. It further alleged this step is being taken to reduce the population of Hindus in India and added that Muslims are also secretly mixing meat in the food.

The message was widespread with a set of images on Facebook.

Alt News had received multiple requests for fact-checking the message on our official mobile application.

Below is a Facebook post carrying the same story earlier in January 2021.

सावधान, सावधान,!!👆👆 मित्रों,राजस्थान,गुजरात, और महाराष्ट्र के हाईवे पर सभी मुस्लिम होटलों में हिन्दू लोगों के लिए…

Posted by Gharad Saab Shanker Gurjar on Wednesday, 20 January 2021

The complete message reads the following in Hindi, “सावधान, सावधान,!! मित्रों, राजस्थान, गुजरात और महाराष्ट्र के हाईवे पर सभी मुस्लिम होटलों में हिन्दू लोगों के लिए नपुंसकता की दवाईयां खाने में मिलाते है। मुस्लिम होटलों से सावधान रहें। ये लोग हिन्दूओ की आबादी कम करने के लिए और हिन्दूओं का धर्म नष्ट करने के लिए नानवेज भी मिलाकर खिलाते हैं। ऐसे केमिकल रसायनों का इस्तेमाल करते हैं जिससे हमारी सेहत को नुक्सान पहुंचे। राजस्थान से आने वाली सभी बस वालो को मुस्लिम होटलों पर ठहरने रोके। आगे सावधान रहें।”

That this is happening in Coimbatore was also claimed last year.

थुकण्यापर्यंत ठीक होते हे जरा जास्तच झाले. 🥺
ज्यांना अपत्य होत नाही त्यांना किती तरी त्रास सहन करावा लागतो.🙏🙏
किती तरी…

Posted by सचिन गमे on Thursday, 25 February 2021

The claim had been circulating on Facebook for months.

Fact-check

Coimbatore city police informed via a tweet that the handle @RD_BANA is spreading “fake news”. This tweet was posted on 2020.

Alt News performed a reverse image search on Google, Yandex and TinEye and found that all the images shared along with the viral message were lifted from random websites.

Image 1

This image was be found on Street Food Now, a food blog on WordPress. The post carried a YouTube video where the image was used as the thumbnail. The video was uploaded on June 30, 2016.

Image 2

This image is a screenshot of the first frame of a video uploaded by @shoprest17 in 2017. If one looks closely, the white ingredient is eggs.

Images 3 and 4

These are lifted from a 2019 article in IBC Tamil, a London-based news website which covers news related to Tamil diaspora in Sri Lanka.

Alt News performed a keyword search on Google and found a report by Prime News, a Sri Lanka-based news website. According to the report, Special Task Force recovered a large stock of sexually stimulating pills and abortion pills from “the warehouse of extremists linked to the Easter raid in Colombo”.

Image 5

This image was lifted from Dreams Time, royalty-free photos and stock photography website.

Image 6

The official Twitter handle of Bijnor Police had tweeted this image on July 11, 2019. Its statement said – “Serkot police station @bijnorpolice have arrested 6 people accused in the smuggling of illegal arms in a madrasa where they were found with 1 pistol 4 tamanche and a large number of cartridges.”

A false claim was therefore propagated on social media by combining photographs from varied websites and videos. The claim that Muslim-run shops are mixing biryani with pills that cause impotency is false. Moreover, no restaurant named ‘Masha Allah of Rehman Bismillah’ in Coimbatore was found on Google search results.

The false claim was also viral in 2020

Twitter user @RD_BANA posted (archive link) a collage of four images in March 2020 to depict a Muslim man serve biryani laced with pills. “Biryani is cooked in separate vessels for Muslims & Hindus. The Biryani for Hindus is laced with tablets that make one impotent. Restaurant in Coimbatore called Masha Allah of Rehman Bismillah was caught selling such Biryani. Beware! They’re getting at you in every possible way,” he wrote.

Facebook user Sasikala Kathiresan shared a similar claim (archive link), adding that the pills are birth control tablets served to Hindus. “We have learnt that the biryani served in Muslim-run hotels are mixed with birth control pills to restrict the birth of Hindu babies. There are reports that Muslims are indulging in such techniques. Hindus please don’t buy stuff from Muslim shops as it would result in grave danger,” read the message.

[Translated from முஸ்லிம்களால் நடத்தப்படும் ஹோட்டல்களில் பிரியாணி உணவுகளில் கருத்தடை மாத்திரைகள் பயன்படுத்தப்படுவது தெரியவந்துள்ளது இந்துக்கள் யாருக்கும் குழந்தை பிறக்க கூடாது என்பதற்காக இந்த வேலைகளின் முஸ்லிம்கள் ஈடுபட்டு வருவதாக தகவல்கள் தெரிவிக்கின்றன இந்துக்கள் யாரும் முஸ்லிம்களின் கடைகளில் பொருட்களை வாங்காதீர்கள் அவை உங்களுக்கு நிச்சயம் ஆபத்தை விளைவிக்கும்.]

Similarly, several Facebook users shared the viral images along with Tamil text.

The same claim had also been shared in Hindi – “कोयम्बटूर में “माशा अल्लाह” नाम से फ़ास्ट फ़ूड बेचने वाला मुल्ला 2 बर्तनों में बिरियानी पकाता था….एक मुस्लिमों के लिए और एक हिन्दुओं के लिए। हिन्दुओं के बर्तन में लड़के व लड़कियों को नपुंसक बनाने की टेबलेट मिलाता था ताकि हिन्दुओं की जनसंख्या वृद्धि को रोका जा सके.”

[Note: This is recurring misinformation and the fact-check report is updated as and when the claim resurfaces.]

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