On 24 September 2015 Saudi Arabia has witnessed the worst Stampede during Hajj after 1990 stampede. This deadliest incident took lives of as many as 1000 pilgrims and injuring a thousand more.
Reaction to this incident was not welcoming especially countries like Iran whose leader Khamenei asked Saudis for apology on mishandling the pilgrims.
On the other hand social media had shown outrage to criticise the incident by every means. Amidst this criticism a controversial image of stampede has gone viral which shows Saudis bulldozing the corpses of stampede victims. The image was shared and reshared many times on Facebook and Twitter even by some well known celebrities and public figures.
The bulldozing picture has been a source of strong case in favor of critics but to spoil the taste, the picture was fake.
This is the image which has gone viral doesn’t even belong to the stampede incident.
Firstly it has a water-mark which refers to the website which doesn’t even exist. The site has been renewed on 28 September after many months.
Secondly and most importantly the image was up there on internet even before 24 September the day stampede happened.
Lahj news which is an Arabic news Media had published this picture on 12 September following the crawler crane falling incident on 11 September.
The picture is up on social media even earlier than 12 September anyways which shows it doesn’t belong to 24 September stampede incident. On having a closer look at the image it shows the crane is not carrying the bodies but the raw construction material material.
The other image showing people piled off by one side doesn’t prove that they were piled using a bulldozer. Besides the video (mobile made video leaked by a pilgrim) shows when pilgrims rushed, the fell on one another and piled after suffocated to death.
Though this incident was a failure of management authorities and mishandling of Hajj duty personnels, the images shared are fake. No authentic source has confirmed the usage of bulldozer to lift the dead bodies.