Introduction: In the age of social media, misinformation can spread rapidly, often leading to the distortion of facts and the promotion of false narratives. Recently, news from Ghaziabad made waves on various platforms, with claims that a Muslim coaching center operator was arrested solely for performing Namaz (Islamic prayer) at his institute. However, upon closer examination, this narrative proves to be misleading and fake, perpetuated by propagandists. In this blog, we will delve into the incident, scrutinize the misleading tweets, explore the fact-checking efforts conducted by D-Intent, and shed light on the true intent behind the incident.
The incident in question revolves around the arrest of a coaching center operator in Ghaziabad. Misleading tweets falsely claimed that the individual was arrested solely due to his performance of Namaz at the institute. However, the facts tell a different story. According to reports, the suspect had been organizing large gatherings for mass prayers, attracting participants from nearby Noida. The local residents, concerned about the influx of people and potential disruption caused by these gatherings, informed the police. This had been an ongoing issue for several weeks, leading to the subsequent action taken by the authorities.
The Misleading Tweets:
Tweet by @s_afreen7: The Twitter user @s_afreen7 shared the news, claiming that a Muslim coaching operator was arrested purely because he performed Namaz at his coaching institute. The tweet can be accessed here.
Tweet by @KashifArsalaan: Another Twitter user, @KashifArsalaan, echoed the misleading narrative, further perpetuating the false claim. The tweet can be found here.
Tweet by @ZakirAliTyagi: @ZakirAliTyagi also added to the misinformation, sharing the misleading narrative without presenting the complete facts of the incident. The tweet can be accessed here.
Tweet by @KashifArsalaan (additional tweet): @KashifArsalaan shared another tweet, further emphasizing the false narrative without proper verification. The tweet can be found here.
Tweet by @Abdulla_Alamadi: @Abdulla_Alamadi posted a tweet providing a different perspective on the incident, shedding light on the actual reasons behind the arrest. The tweet can be viewed here. (Archive)
Tweet by @KashifArsalaan: @KashifArsalaan shared another tweet, further emphasizing the false narrative without proper verification. The tweet can be found here.
Fact-Checking by D-Intent:
D-Intent, a reputable fact-checking organization, conducted a thorough investigation to ascertain the truth behind the incident. Here is what they discovered:
The Arrest: Contrary to the misleading claims, the coaching center operator was not arrested solely because of his Namaz. The arrest was a result of his continuous organization of mass prayers, attracting participants from neighboring areas. The local residents, concerned about the gathering’s impact, alerted the authorities, leading to the action taken under Section 153A of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). Further details can be found in the Hindustan Times article source.
The Intent behind the Incident:
Upon careful examination, it becomes evident that certain accounts on social media are spreading religious hate and misinformation. By selectively sharing news without providing the complete facts, they aim to push their religious narrative against the administration. It is disheartening to witness self-proclaimed journalists engaging in shameless propaganda, disregarding the truth and furthering their own agendas.
The arrest of a coaching center operator in Ghaziabad, falsely associated with performing Namaz, highlights the prevalence of misleading narratives in the digital age. It is crucial to verify information before accepting and propagating it. Through fact-checking efforts like those conducted by D-Intent, we can unveil the truth, combat misinformation, and foster a more informed and responsible digital ecosystem.