A post is getting viral on social media in which some people could be seen sitting on a floor with some weapons. It has been claimed in the viral post that the weapons have been seized from a mosque in Gujarat. Vishvas News investigated and found that the viral post is fake. The photo is actually 3 years old and the weapons were seized from a novelty store of a hotel in Rajkot, Gujarat. 257 swords and knives were also found. 5 suspects were arrested in this case. The incident happened in 2016.
The post shared by a Facebook user Dilip Singh shows some people sitting on the floor with some weapons. The caption in the post states that the weapons have been seized from a mosque in Gujarat. The photo is getting viral with a false claim.
Vishvas news observed the viral photo carefully. We performed Google reverse search and found many website links. We found a report dated March 5, 2016, on the website of Gujarat Headline News. The article was titled: Rajkot: Stock of lethal weapons found from Novelty Store; 5 persons arrested.
Using Twitter Advanced Search of InVid, we searched old tweets made by the official Twitter handle of @GujaratHeadline. We found a Tweet that captioned: “#Rajkot: Stock of #lethal #weapons found from #Novelty #store; 5 persons arrested.” The tweet was made on March 5, 2016.
We further investigated and found a report on a media website. In this website also it was mentioned that 257 weapons were seized in a Novelty store at a hotel based out of Rajkot-Ahmedabad highway. The tweet used the same pictures.
The post claiming that Gujarat police seized weapons from a mosque is fake.
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