Old photos showing cars burning and rioting are being shared online as recent visuals from the violence that took place in Haryana's Nuh district. BOOM found that the photos are from other unrelated instances of violence in north India and not from the recent clashes in Nuh.
Communal clashes began in Haryana's Nuh district on July 31 and spread to other parts of the state including Gurugram after a Hindu procession, allegedly raising slogans, clashed with a mob in Nuh. Stone pelting, burning of vehicles, and shops was followed by the death of 22-year-old naib imam of the Anjuman Jama Masjid in Gurugram, Maulana Saad. 50 others have been injured in the violence and 165 arrests have been made so far.
A set of four photographs is being shared in the context of this unrest with the claim that they are from Haryana. The caption reads, "wow brave hindus of haryana. Can you hold the whole of Delhi hostage? Can you challenge the Government of India? Can you block the roads? But can't save your respect? This situation was bound to happen when you were taking support of these Jihadi traitors sitting on the streets? Today these traitors told you your status. It is very sad, it is also sad to see all this that this is the condition of Hindus in the country of 120 crore Hindus? Are you getting beaten up all around? Whenever they want, they blow your property worth crores of billions everywhere and go to their home peacefully and are called peace-loving! You are called a rioter by raising the slogan of Jai Shri Ram? Now this was all that was left to be seen? Saw the post of some traitor Jihadis, they put that Monu Manesar was about to come, hey Monu Manesar is about to come, so what? Was he coming from Pakistan? Rather, Monu Manesar is the true heroic child of this Mother India, whose name makes you cry!"
(Original text in Hindi: "वाह रे हरियाणा के वीर हिंदुओं तुम पूरे दिल्ली को बंधक बना सकते हो? तुम भारत सरकार को चैलेंज कर सकते हो? सड़कों को जाम कर सकते हो? लेकिन अपनी इज्जत नहीं बचा सकते? यह हाल तो होना ही था जब तुम सड़कों पर बैठकर इन्हीं जिहादी गद्दारों का समर्थन ले रहे थे? आज इन्हीं गद्दारों ने तुम्हें तुम्हारी औकात बता दिया बहुत दुख होता है, अफसोस भी होता है यह सब देखकर कि 120 करोड़ हिंदुओं के देश में हिंदुओं का यह हाल है? चारों तरफ मार खा रहे हो? चारों तरफ आपकी करोड़ों अरबों की संपत्ति जब मर्जी होता है वह फूंक कर शांति से अपने घर में चले जाते हैं और शांतिप्रिय कहलाते हैं! तुम जय श्री राम का नारा लगाकर दंगाई कहलाते हो? अब यही सब देखना बाकी रह गया था? कुछ गद्दार जिहादियों का पोस्ट देखा उन्होंने डाला कि मोनू मानेसर आने वाला था, अरे मोनू मानेसर आने वाला है तो क्या? वह पाकिस्तान से आ रहा था क्या? बल्कि मोनू मानेसर इसी भारत माता का सच्चा वीर संतान है जिसके नाम से तुम्हारी फटती है!"
BOOM found that the photos are from unrelated instances of unrest in north India and are not related to Haryana.
A reverse image search of the photo of a policeman in riot gear facing burnt debris is from 2017. This article published by the Times of India on August 26, 2017 carried the same photo.
According to reports, Dera Sacha chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh's followers staged violent protests across Haryana, including Panchkula, after the court convicted him in a rape case. During this demonstration, about three dozen people were killed and hundreds were injured.
The National Herald reported on August 26, 2017, that 29 people had died and over 250 were injured in Panchkula alone following a rampage by Dera Sacha Sauda devotees. The article carried the same photo of the policeman. Click here to read more reports.
A reverse image search of the photo of a car burning led us to a Hindustan Times article published on February 20, 2013.
According to this report, this picture was taken during the two-day Bharat Bandh called by 11 major trade unions in Noida, Uttar Pradesh. During this, factories were attacked in Noida and a trade union worker was killed during the violence in Ambala, Haryana.
We also found the same picture on Getty Images. The caption read, "An Indian policeman looks on near a burning car during a trade union strike in Nodia on the outskirts of New Delhi on February 20, 2013. Cars were burnt and factories were stoned when violence broke out at the all-India trade union strike. Millions of India's workers walked off their jobs in a two-day nationwide strike called by trade unions to protest at the "anti-labour" policies of the embattled government."
A reverse image search of this on Google led us to a Times of India article published on December 25, 2019 that carried the same photo.
BOOM was also able to geolocate the image on Google Maps. This photo was taken right in front of the Yateem Khana police station.
The fourth photo shows three policemen surrounding a person while one of them wields a baton to hit him. This picture is also from the anti-Citizenship Amendment Act protest in Kanpur in 2019. A reverse image search of the image led us to articles published by the Times of India and News18 that carried the same photo.
According to these reports, the picture shows policemen lathi-charging during the anti-Citizenship Amendment Act protest in the Babu Purwa area of Kanpur.