A photograph of a man with his foot on a shivling is circulating on social media with the claim that he is from the Muslim community. Alt News has received several verification requests for the photograph on its official mobile application.

The photograph has been making rounds on Twitter since 2019 along with a picture of two other men stepping on the idol of the Hindu deity. It was shared with a message calling for “unity of Hindu” and claiming that the men hail from UP’s Azamgarh. Certain abusive words in the tweet have been blurred in the screenshot below.

The two images were also shared on Facebook last year with Bengali text.


Replying to a tweet on August 7, 2019, Ambedkarnagar police wrote that a case was registered against the accused at Ambedkarnagar police station in Jaitpur district.

A day earlier, Azamgarh police said that the names of the men who placed their foot on the shivling are Neeraj Kumar and Rishi Kumar. They are from Korjha, which comes in Alapur district in Ambedkarnagar. The police wrote that investigation of this case was going on.

Photographs of an old incident where some youths placed their foot on a shivling is circulating with the false claim that they were Muslims.

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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.