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Fake Bengali video goes viral, wrongly cited instigating fear

Here’s a video that is widely being circulated among the users on WhatsApp and Facebook, showcasing violent clashes among two Muslim groups. More than the video, the caption warns that not voting for BJP in 2019 elections would put them in a similar situation in the future as shown in the video, an “example of the Islamic terror.”

See the video here:

The video was shared by a non-profit religious group called ‘Resurgent Dharma‘, among others, stating that the incident had happened in West Bengal. It was shared widely and has already reached about 46,000 people, targeting voters in the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections this year.

The message with the video shared by one Gopal Goswami says: “A scene in your neighbourhood sooner than you imagined….. Think before you vote! Your one wrong vote can turn this country into Islamic nation very soon.”  Here’s another example of such a message on Facebook:

What’s the truth?

The reverse video search revealed that this video was on Facebook since December 2, 2018, and it was originally posted on December 1, 2018, by an Islamic teaching Youtube channel in Dhaka, Bangladesh. It is related to violent clashes which took place between two factions in the Tambigi Jamaat, and more than 200 were seriously injured in the incident.

Devotees congregated for ‘Bishva Ijtama’, which is the second largest congregation of Muslims worldwide and it was organised by Tabliga Jamat in Bangladesh. The language being the same, this video was used to show as if it happened in West Bengal, India.

The video is real but the context is fake and untimely as it targets voters in India, seeking votes.

About Gayathri Soora

Gayathri Soora has been a contributor to Digiteye.in and our Telugu edition Eedinijam.com with more than 9 years of experience as a reporter for Hyderabad-based online news websites. An avid observer of developments in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, she is our best bet for fact-checking news in Telugu. She can be reached at: gayathri@eedinijam.com or telugu@digiteye.in

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