Fact Check: Video Of Hooliganism In Bangladesh Falsely Shared As That From West Bengal

A video of some men wearing skull caps and stopping an army convoy while shouting slogans is doing rounds on the internet.

It is being claimed that the incident of hooliganism took place in West Bengal, India.

The caption of the post read, ‘पश्चिम बंगाल में मुसलमानों की गुंडागर्दी देखिए सरकार,पुलिस, फौज सबको इनसे जान बचानी मुश्किल है। क्या यह दृश्य आप अपने शहर या गली में देखना चाहते हो……’.

(Translation: See the hooliganism of Muslims in West Bengal, it is difficult for the government, police, army to save their lives. Do you want to see this scene in your city or street?)

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FACT CHECK

NewsMobile fact-checked the above post and found that the claim attached to it is false.

On examining the picture closely, we found that the number plate of the vehicle was in Bangla and was not a number plate of a vehicle in India.

Further we noticed the insignia on the uniform of the army personnel which indicated that they are from the Bangladesh Army.

On comparing the uniform of Bangladesh Chief of Army Staff, General Aziz Ahmed and men in the viral video, it becomes clear that they belong to the Bangladesh Army.

 

With that information, we did a Google Image Search on the keyframes and found the longer version of the video uploaded on March 28, 2021, by a user as a Facebook live. The caption of the video read, “হাটহাজারী সড়কে সেনাবাহিনী”. (Translation- Army on Hathazari Road)

We noticed a banner in the video which read ‘Al Hera Tahfizul Quran Islamic Academy’ in Bangla. As per the Academy’s Facebook page, it is located at Rangamati Road in Isapur, Fayzia Bazar in Chittagong’s Hathazari.

We looked up the street view of Isapur Fayzia Bazar on Google Maps and found a building similar to the one in the viral video.

 

On comparing both the pictures, it becomes clear that the incident of hooliganism took place near Isapur Fayzia Bazar.

Hence, from the above fact check, it is clear that the video was shot in Bangladesh and not
in West Bengal.

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