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Photos shared by Salman Khurshid aren’t from Yogi govt’s ‘Buldozerland’. They are from 2016

Senior Congress leader Salman Khurshid Tuesday shared pictures of bulldozed houses on social media, claiming they were from Uttar Pradesh's Unnao and Farrukhabad districts.

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New Delhi: Senior Congress leader and former Union minister Salman Khurshid Tuesday shared pictures of battered houses and bulldozers on social media, claiming they were from Uttar Pradesh’s Unnao and Farrukhabad districts and not from war-torn Ukraine. He also said the photos were from UP’s “Buldozerland”.

His Twitter post has been liked by around 15,000 users, including former All India Congress Committee secretary Vibhakar Shastri and Rajasthan MLA Ramniwas Gawriya. It was also retweeted at least 4,000 times.

The image was interpreted by some users as a picture of bulldozed houses belonging to Muslim residents in the two Uttar Pradesh districts, terming them similar to scenes in the aftermath of the Jahangirpuri violence in Delhi.

Many had lost their properties in an anti-encroachment drive carried out by the government following communal clashes in Delhi’s Jahangirpuri area in April.

The users were quick to make the connection, with many expressing sympathy for those who they believed lost their houses in an alleged demolition drive under the Yogi Adityanath government. One user, Arun Aggarwal, blamed the BJP government, and said it has been unsuccessful in giving people a “good job” and a “good future”. A handle named ‘Muslims for America’ also called it genocide against Muslims.

Some others also said the houses were built “illegally” and needed to be razed. Many declared it a good initiative since it was the “duty” of the government to remove illegal construction.

Fact Check

Contrary to what Khurshid suspected, one of the photos is from a demolition drive in 2016 when former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav was in power. According to an article in the Hindi daily Amar Ujala, at least 50 houses belonging to traders in Unnao were demolished because they were “illegal” dwellings. Two other images from the alleged demolition drive didn’t have any official source.

There was another article by Amar Ujala in 2016 about a building collapse that took place at a market in Unnao. The news featured the fourth photograph in Khurshid’s tweet.

Some Twitter users were also able to identify the real source of the photos and pointed them out in replies to Khurshid’s post. Terming it as “fake news”, they also tagged the concerned authorities and asked them to take proper action.

(In collaboration with SM Hoaxslayer)

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