Fact Check: Demolition Of Illegal Encroachments Along Dal Lake Viral With Misleading Claim

A post accompanying a video of what appears to be of a group of officials demolishing a few constructions has gone viral on social media with a claim that the video shows officials demolishing illegal constructions of Rohingyas in Jammu & Kashmir.

The post has been shared on Facebook with a caption in Hindi that translates to, “In Jammu and Kashmir, the settlement established under Rohingya jihadis is being uprooted. We are unable to install such a large wooden window in our homes and they had enjoyed the special package given to Jammu and Kashmir from the Center till the removal of Article 370 by exploiting the rich nature.”

(Original Text: जम्मू-कश्मीर में रोहिंग्या जेहादियों की रोशनी के तहत बसायी गई बस्ती उखाड़ी जा रही है.!! हम घरो मे लकड़ी की इतनी बड़ी खिड़की नहीं लगा पाते है और ये समृद्ध प्रकृति का भरपूर दोहन कर अार्टिकल 370 हटने के पहले तक जम्मू कश्मीर को केंद्र से मिलने वाले स्पेशल पैकेज पर खूब मौज मारी है !)

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The post has gone viral on Facebook

FACT CHECK

NewsMobile fact-checked the above claim and found it to be misleading. 

The video in the post carries a watermark that reads ‘JAMMU LINKS NEWS’. Taking a cue from this, a YouTube search led us to the original video uploaded on a channel with the same name on June 5.

According to the description provided in the video, the Lakes & Waterways Development Authority (LAWDA) demolished illegal encroachments in areas of Lashkari Mohalla, Doji Mohalla, Burzhama, Wangut Teilbal & Nishat. 

Further search with relevant keywords directed us to a news report by ETV Bharat which reported the same incident. According to this report, Lakes & Waterways Development Authority (LAWDA) of Jammu & Kashmir demolished illegal encroachments in Lashkari Mohalla, Dobi Mohaka, Barzahama, Wangat, Tel Bill, Nishat and other adjoining areas. Nowhere in the article was it mentioned that the demolition of illegal encroachment is related to Rohingyas. 

Further, multiple local news agencies reported the same incidents and published similar visuals. According to these reports, the video shows LAWDA officials demolishing illegal encroachments along Dal Lake which were erected without any prior permission. These reports can be read here, here & here. Few other videos related to the demolition drive can be seen here and here.

TV9, India Today and Zee news also reported the demolition drive being conducted by the LAWDA along the Dal Lake. However, all these reports suggest that these are illegal constructions along the banks of the Dal Lake but none of these reports associated these constructions with Rohingyas, which suggests these encroachments have nothing to do with Rohingyas. 

Thus, it can be concluded that the demolition of illegal encroachments along Dal Lake is being falsely linked to Rohingyas.

 

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