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Fact Check: Photo of a tomb in Delhi falsely claimed as illegal dargahs in forests of Uttarakhand

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A viral social media post claimed that the forests of Uttarakhand are filled with hundreds of illegal Dargahs. A photo of a tomb has been used as proof of this. It was found that the photo is of a tomb at Qila Rai Pithora in Delhi.

A viral Tweet from April 28 Tweeted from the handle @anshul_aliganj claimed that hundreds of "illegal Mazars have come up in the forests of Uttarakhand." An accompanying image contains two photos - on the left, a signboard, and on the right, a tomb. The Tweet encourages the Uttarakhand Government to "uproot" these "illegal structures."


This Tweet is part of a long thread where the Twitter user attempts to explain the situation of illegal Islamic structures being built in the forests of Uttarakhand, "Bangladeshi/Rohingya reptiles "infiltration, cities being "lost to them" and more. 

Fact Check

In an image reverse search, it was found that the image is that of a tomb from the Qila Rai Pithora in present-day Delhi. The image was taken from an article on the SO.CITY website, a city and entertainment guide website.

The Qila Rai Pithora was constructed in the reign of Tomar king Anangpal Tomar between c. 1052 - c. 1060 CE. The article states that the exact origin of the tomb is not known. Even if the tomb is not as old, it is clear that it is at least from 2016 or older, since the article itself was posted on August 16, 2016.


In conclusion, the photo of a tomb from Qila Rai Pithora is not a recent photograph from the forests of Uttarakhand. The tomb is at least six years old, and likely from the Qila Rai Pithora in Delhi.

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