India Today Anti Fake News War Room (AFWA) has found that the claim along with the images is misleading. While the first photo is of a Rohingya Muslim woman detained by the Border Security Force (BSF) at the India-Bangladesh border, the second is from a blaze at a Rohingya refugee camp at Kanchan Kunj in Delhi.
Photos of a woman crying with a child and men carrying burnt copies of the Quran are being circulated on social media with the claim that they are from a recent unrest in Tripura.
Recently, several reports of clashes between different communities were reported from the north-eastern state. Soon after, these images were shared widely.
One such post can be seen below.
With the help of a reverse search on Google, we found the first image carried by multiple media outlets on reports about the Rohingya crisis. The image has been used with credit to Reuters and is at least from 2019.
After a further search, we found the same image carried by Reuters on January 22, 2019. According to the description provided by Reuters, the photo shows a Rohingya Muslim woman detained by BSF soldiers while crossing the border from Bangladesh at Raimura village on the outskirts of Tripura capital Agartala.
We found the same image of men carrying burnt copies of the Quran uploaded along with a set of other photos by independent journalist and founder of an NGO (Miles2Smile) working for victims of violence – Aasif Mujtaba on his Facebook and Instagram profile on June 13. According to Aasif’s post, the image is from a blaze that happened in June 2021 at a Rohingya settlement at Kanchan Kunj in Delhi.
When AFWA reached out to Aasif, he told us that the images were clicked by photojournalist Md Meharban who was present during relief operations after blaze at Kanchan Kunj. We then contacted Md Meharban who confirmed to us that the images were indeed clicked by him.