“Thousands of guns seized from a madrasa in Bijnor, UP. A stockpile of swords and ammunition was also recovered. The director of the madrasa, along with six others was arrested. They were planning a massive conspiracy to riot. They forgot that Bijnor is in UP and the CM is Yogi. Now there are calls to shut down all madrasas. No one will be spared,” this claim is viral with a set of photographs.

It is also being shared on Twitter.

Old incident, unrelated images

The claim that weapons were recovered from a mosque in Bijnor, UP is reportedly true but the incident took place last year. According to The Times of India, “Police had raided Madrasa Darul Quran Hameediya on Wednesday (July 10, 2019) after a tip-off and recovered five illegal arms, including a pistol of .32 bore with two magazines with 8 cartridges, one tamancha (country-made pistol) of .32 bore with 16 cartridges and three tama-nchas of .315 bore with 16 cartridges and a car from the spot.”

However, out of the four viral pictures, only one pertains to this incident.

According to Bijnor police, the weapons seized were part of an illegal arms racket. Six people were arrested in this case which dates back to July 2019.

PHOTO 2

Alt News reverse-searched the above image on Google and found a post on Tumblr with this photograph dated March 2019. Since this image is available on the internet prior to the arrest, it cannot be representative of the arrest.

PHOTO 3

Alt News reverse-searched the above picture and found a tweet by Shamli (UP) police which carried this photograph. According to the tweet, the photograph is representative of arrests which took place after a raid at a madrasa, in which forged documents, along with foreign currency and mobile phones were seized. The incident is of July 2019.

PHOTO 4

The above photo is from Gujarat’s Rajkot, but these swords were recovered not from a madrasa but from a hotel on the Ahmedabad-Rajkot highway. Alt News’ earlier fact-check on this may be read here.

Therefore, unrelated images were shared with a picture of the accused arrested during a raid in a madrasa by UP police last year. The other photographs of guns and ammunition exaggerate the number of weapons seized.

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Arjun Sidharth is a writer with Alt News. He has previously worked in the television news industry, where he managed news bulletins and breaking news scenarios, apart from scripting numerous prime time television stories. He has also been actively involved with various freelance projects. Sidharth has studied economics, political science, international relations and journalism. He has a keen interest in books, movies, music, sports, politics, foreign policy, history and economics. His hobbies include reading, watching movies and indoor gaming.