No, this is not a photo of people fleeing India’s Gujarat state

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A Facebook post contains a photograph it claims shows people fleeing the western Indian state of Gujarat. The photograph is an image from near the northern Indian city of Mathura that was taken more than eight years ago published by international news agency Reuters.

The photo, posted to Facebook on October 9, shows a train with people on the roofs of the carriages and hanging out its doors. 

An accompanying caption in Hindi translates as: “People from state of Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Bihar fleeing Gujarat, this mass exodus is a reminder of India-Pakistan partition in 1947.”

Snapshot of misleading post

The misleading post was published to Facebook as Indian media reported that violence against non-Gujaratis had triggered an exodus of migrants from the state. 

However the original photo was published by Reuters on July 24, 2010, and can be seen on the company’s website here.