Fact Check: Old Photo Of UP’s Anti-Romeo Squad From Lucknow Resurfaces As One From Noida

A picture of a young girl and a boy with a policeman is doing rounds on social media claiming that the police was interrogating the couple in Buddha Park in Uttar Pradesh’s Noida.

“नोएडा में ओखला के पास एक पार्क है । नाम है बुद्ध पार्क…..कल एक लड़का और एक लड़की को पकड़ लिया योगी जी की एंटी रोमियो squad ने। लड़के से नाम पूछा तो बताया ललित और लड़की ने बताया वंदना। दोनों बोले मर्जी से बैठे हैं……पुलिसवाले चाचा कहाँ मानने वाले थे। बोले अपना ID दिखाओ। लड़की ने झट कॉलेज का ID निकाल कर दिखा दिया। लड़का ना नुकर करने लगा तो दरोगा जी ने कान पकड़ लिए। फिर आख़िरकार पर्स में से ID निकाला। नाम था रेहान। लड़की के पैरों तले जमीन खिसक गई। वंदना तो ललित के गले में पड़े हनुमान जी का लॉकेट के अलावा कुछ देख ही नहीं पाई थी कुछ समझे? आखिर ये एंटी रोमियो स्क्वाड किस लिए बनाई गई है? अपनी बहन -बेटी को समझायें की बिना परिवार की सहमति के किसी भी लड़के से दोस्ती न करें । किसी भी प्रकार के झाँसा में या प्रलोभन में न फँसे। जय सत्य सनातन हिन्दू धर्म ।” , read the Facebook post

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Translation:  There is a park near Okhla in Noida. Name is Buddha Park…..Yogi ji’s anti Romeo squad caught a boy and a girl yesterday. When asked the names–the boy said Lalit and the girl told Vandana. Both said that they are sitting on free will ….The Police asked for their IDs. Show your ID. The girl quickly showed the ID of the college. When the boy rebelled, the policeman caught his ear. Then finally got the ID out of the purse. The name was Rehan. The ground slipped under the girl’s feet. Vandana could not see anything except Hanuman ji’s locket in Lalit’s neck. Got something? After all, what is this anti Romeo squad created for? Explain to your sister-daughter that do not befriend any boy without the consent of the family. Do not get trapped in any kind of laughter or temptation. Jai Satya Sanatan Hindu Religion.

The post was shared extensively on Facebook:

More posts can be seen herehere and here.


NewsMobile fact-checked the post and found the claim to be false.

Through Google reverse image search we found that the picture in circulation was published by a few media reports.

According to the report published in Scroll.in, the photo is of Uttar Pradesh police’s Anti-Romeo squad.

According to the media report published in 2017, the photo is from UP’s capital Lucknow and was clicked on March 22. It has been attributed to IANS.

Further, using keywords–‘Anti-Romeo’, ‘Squad, ‘Lucknow’, our search led us to these images by PTI.

We also found out that the same photo was clicked from a different angle in the Times Of India (TOI).

Hence, the investigation makes it clear that the photos in circulation are OLD and are not from Noida but from Lucknow.

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