Fact Check: Old pictures of Pune’s Covid Center are now viral in the name of Delhi


Two pictures of a Covid centre built in the mosque are being shared on social media. It is being claimed that this Jamaat-e-Islami Hind has built it in Delhi. In the Vishwas News investigation, the claim being made about the viral picture has turned out to be false. A photograph of a Covid centre built inside a mosque in Pune, Maharashtra in 2020 is being shared with a false claim.

What is going viral

Facebook user Salim Hashmi spread a lie by making a post-viral. The post featured a collage of two photographs. It was written that Delhi: Masjid Ashaat-e-Islam, Jama'at-e-Islami Hind, Abul Fazl Inclave, Shaheen Bagh, Jamia Nagar, Spot for Covid patients' help.

Taking the viral picture as true, it is being viral in large numbers on Facebook and Twitter.

View archived version of Facebook post here.

The investigation

To know the truth of the viral picture, Faith News first scanned the post. In this, we got a comment from a user named Ausaf Qamar. It claimed that the picture was from Pune and not from Delhi.

Based on this, we proceeded to search through related keywords in Google. We found a video on the YouTube channel of Indian Express Online. This video was uploaded on 28 April 2020. It was told that a mosque in Pune was converted into a quarantine center. This mosque is in Azam Campus Educational Institute. The architecture of the beds and windows seen in the video looked similar to the viral post. Watch the full video.

During the investigation, we found the first and second photos used in viral collages on the website of One India. On 27 April 2020, the news reported, "The mosque inside the educational institute located at Azam Campus in Pune has been completely converted into a quarantine centre for Covid-19 patients. The 9,000 sq ft hall on the first floor of the mosque, which has been built as a quarantine facility, houses 80 beds according to the criteria of quarantine. ” Read the full news here.

The video of the Indian Express and the news of One India proved that the viral picture has nothing to do with Delhi.

Now we had to know whether according to the claim of the viral post, something has been done by Jamaat-e-Islami Hind in Shaheen Bagh, Delhi. For this, Faith News contacted Mohammad Ahmed, the National of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind and the National Secretary of Community Affairs. He told that fake posts in our name have been viral. We have sought permission from the government to set up the Covid Center, but the viral post has no connection with the Jamaat-e-Islami Hind.

At the end of the investigation, ABN News investigated the user who posted the fake post. We came to know that the user is from Mohammadabad in UP.

Conclusion: Viral post proved fake in the ABN news investigation. The Covid Center was built in a mosque in Pune last year. At the same time, some people are now going viral by referring to Delhi.

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