NEW DELHI: An actual image of tents pitched in Mina Valley of Saudi Arabia is being circulated on several social media platforms as arrangements by Yogi Adityanath led Uttar Pradesh government for Kumbh Mela.
— शिवम हिंदुस्तानी🇮🇳 (@shivamkhodani) November 16, 2018
This post shared on Facebook Group नमो भक्त। हर नमो समर्थक जुड़ते ही अपने 50 मित्रो को अवश्य जोड़े। in fact goes ahead and claims the image is not from Saudi Arabia but Kumbh Mela. It says, “जी नही ! ये सऊदी अरब का दृश्य नही….बल्कि योगी सरकार द्वारा कुम्भ मेले की अभूतपूर्व तैयारी का एक दृश्य है । जय हो राष्ट्रवादी योगी सरकार ।।”
This loosely translates to, “No. This is not an image of Saudi Arabia, but an image of the astonishing preparation for Kumbh Mela by Yogi government. Jai Ho Rashtravadhi Yogi government”. The post has got over 1,000 shares.
The Quint find the image is from Makkah and not from a site of Hindu pilgrimage.
Facebook pages Namo Bharath – Narendra Modi for PM and Postcard Kanada also shared the image. Postcard later deleted the post that don’t discriminate while stealing images. Below is a screenshot of the same
These tents are clearly different from the tents pitched in Uttar Pradesh as seen below.
— WHO EMRO (@WHOEMRO) August 21, 2018
The BOOM found an Arabic news article by Al-manara.net filed on August 2018 which says that the image is from Mina Valley during Hajj.
— تمر المدينة Madinah Date 🇸🇦 (@MadinahDate) August 23, 2017