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.”
बंगाल में चुनाव के वक्त कितनी बहन बेटियों का बलात्कार किया, कितने घर तोड़े गए
कितने सनातनी भाइ खून के आंसू रोए … मानसिकता देखो बंगाल की
जिहादी नमाज पढ़ेगा, काफिर गंदगी साफ करेगा.. पुलिस का ये हाल है तो आम काफिर का क्या हाल होगा,
वोट ऐसे करो कि बहन बेटियां सुरक्षित रहें pic.twitter.com/wIk6hfoua6
— #अक्षय Dn 3 🚩Kattar Hindu 🇮🇳 (@daniak_shay_45) November 12, 2021
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.