A video of a building demolition has gone viral on social media with a claim that an illegal mosque has been demolished in Unnao.
The video has been shared with the caption, “बद्रीनाथ को मजार बताने वाले मौलाना की मस्जिद अवैध निकली..…” (English Translation: Maulvi who told Badrinath as Mazar, his mosque has been declared illegal.)
उन्नाव में भूमाफियाओं पर बड़ी कार्यवाही चला योगी का बुलडोजर।
जलशक्ति सिंचाई विभाग द्वारा अतिक्रमण हटाओ अभियान के तहत भूमाफियाओं से मुक्त कराई जा रही 2.5 एकड़ जमीन
नहर की जमीन पर किए गए अवैध निर्माण को हटाया जा रहा है।
सुबह 7 बजे से चल रही कार्यवाही करोड़ों की जमीन हो रही खाली pic.twitter.com/ApSNVlrRl8
— Dr. Mahendra Singh (@bjpdrmahendra) July 26, 2021
The same video was also uploaded by the irrigation department of Uttar Pradesh with a caption which translates in English to : “Under the leadership of Honourable Chief Minister Shri Yogi Adityanath Ji and Honorable Jal Shakti Minister Dr Mahendra Singh Irrigation Department in Unnao district have freed 2.5 acres of land from land mafia under the campaign to remove encroachment!”
माननीय मुख्यमंत्री श्री @myogiadityanath जी के निर्देशन एवं माननीय जलशक्ति मंत्री डॉ. @bjpdrmahendra के नेतृत्व में जनपद उन्नाव में सिंचाई विभाग द्वारा अतिक्रमण हटाओ अभियान के तहत भूमाफियाओं से मुक्त कराई गई 2.5 एकड़ जमीन!@CMOfficeUP @UPGovt pic.twitter.com/gQpGQigjwf
— सिंचाई एवं जल संसाधन विभाग, उ.प्र. (@UPIrrigationDep) July 26, 2021
None of the above tweets mention that it is a mosque, but mentions it as an encroachment.
We also searched with appropriate keywords and found a report was published by Patrika on July 26, 2021, which stated that despite several warnings, 6 people were not leaving the encroached land and hence JCB was used by UP Irrigation Department to remove the encroachment.
NavBharat Times quoted Unnao District Magistrate Ravindra Kumar, who said that illegal constructions were there on the land of the Irrigation Department. A notice was given and an FIR was also registered, following which many people gave up encroachment. This land is very expensive and is near the highway and right now the campaign is being run to remove illegal encroachments.
Hence, we can ascertain that the video of removal of illegal encroachment is being shared with a communal angle.
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