Fact Check: Old Image Of A Bus Accident In Nepal Shared With FAKE Communal Narrative

An image of a bus that fell in a river has gone viral on social media. The image is being shared with a communal angle, claiming that it happened in Chambal in Madhya Pradesh. The post claims that a Hindu bus driver was forced by Muslims to eat non-veg following which the driver killed all 90 passengers sitting in the bus, all of whom were Muslims.

The caption reads in Hindi as, “इसे कहते हैं पक्का इरादा, चम्बल पुल पर हुआ हादसा ड्राइवर सहित बस में सवार सभी 90 बारातियों की मौत । ड्राइवर ने जानबूझकर सबको मार दिया। पत्रकार ने पूछा क्यों ? गलती दो तीन बारातियों ने की और मार सबको दिया। क्या ये उचित है…मन को झकझोरती पूरी घटना समझिए। 90 के दशक में मुरैना से बारात आगरा शहर गई थी। ताशिर मोहम्मद के बेटे का निकाह बड़ी धूमधाम से हुआ। दोनों ही पक्ष रसूक एवम पैसे वाले थे। निकाह में एवम बारात में बड़ी संख्या में लोग उपस्थित हुए। बारात भोज में नॉनवेज (मासाहारी) भोजन बना था। लेकिन बस का ड्राइवर सोनकिया एक जनेऊ पहनने वाला ब्राह्मण था इसलिए उसने भोजन करने से इंकार कर दिया। लेकिन बारात के कुछ मनचलों द्वारा बस ड्राइवर को जबरजस्ती नॉनवेज खिलाया गया। उसका धर्म भ्रष्ट कर दिया। इसलिए लौटते समय चम्बल नदी में ड्राइवर ने घटना को अंजाम दिया। ड्राइवर समेत सभी बाराती मारे गए थे केवल एक कंडक्टर ही जीवित रहा था क्योंकि ड्राइवर ने उतरने के लिए कहा था…कंडक्टर की पत्रकारों से चर्चा के दौरान एक पत्रकार ने पूछा ने कि गलती कुछ 2 या 3 लोग की थी लेकिन इसके लिए सभी बारातियों का मारना तो अनुचित है। कंडक्टर ने कहा जब कुछ मनचले असामाजिक तत्व एक जनेऊधारी ब्राह्मण का धर्म भ्रष्ठ कर रहे थे उस समय सभी बाराती उपस्थित थे लेकिन किसी ने रोका नहीं। यानी कि मौन स्वीकृति दी तो फिर वो भी उक्त दुराचार के बराबर दोषी थे इसलिए सबको सजा ये मौत मिलनी थी और मिली भी।चाहे वो आतंकवादी हो या देशद्रोही, चाहे वो बलात्कारी हो या लुटेरा हिंसक घटनाओं को अंजाम देने वाला !!!!! अगर गलत काम करने वालों को विरोध नहीं कर रहे हो तो आप उन गलत काम करने वाले लोगों को मौन स्वीकृति प्रदान कर रहे हो। आप उन असामाजिक तत्वों को मौन समर्थन दे रहे हो।”

(English translation: This is called firm intention, the accident happened on the Chambal bridge, killing all 90 passengers in the bus including the driver. The driver intentionally killed everyone. The journalist asked why? Two or three passengers made the mistake and the driver killed everyone. Is this right…Understand the whole story behind this terrifying incident. In the 90s, the wedding procession from Morena went to Agra city. The marriage of Tashir Mohammad’s son took place with great pomp. Both the sides were rich and money-loving. A large number of people attended the Nikah and the procession. Non-veg (non-vegetarian) food was prepared in the procession banquet. But the bus driver Sonkiya was a Brahmin wearing a janeu, so he refused to eat. But the bus driver was forcibly fed non-veg by some uncivilised people of the procession and corrupted his religion. Therefore, while returning, the driver carried out the incident in the Chambal river. All the people including the driver were killed, only one conductor survived as the driver asked him to get down…During the discussion with the journalists, a journalist asked the conductor that the mistake was made by some 2 or 3 people, but for this it is unfair to kill all the passengers. The conductor said that when some mischievous anti-social elements were corrupting the religion of a janeudhari Brahmin, at that time the everyone was present but no one stopped. That is, if given tacit approval, then they were equally guilty of the said misconduct, so everyone had to get this death and they got it too. Whether he is a terrorist or a traitor, whether he is a rapist or a robber, the one who carries out violent incidents !!!!! If you are not opposing those who do wrong things, then you are giving tacit approval to those who do wrong things. You are giving silent support to those anti-social elements.)

The link to the post can be seen here. Similar posts can be seen here, here and here.

FACT CHECK

NewsMobile did a fact-check and found the claim to be fake.

On doing a Google Reverse Image Search, we found that the same image was uploaded by the website, Spotlight Nepal on August 9, 2019. The image was shared with a caption that read, “25 Missing 4 Killed And 19 Injured In A Bus Mishap In Gajuri.”

 

Taking a cue from the above post, we searched using appropriate keywords and found that a report of a bus accident in Kathmandu was also published by News 18 on August 9, 2019. The report said, “Five people were killed and 24 others reported missing after a Kathmandu-bound passenger bus fell into the Trishuli River in Nepal’s Benighat area.”

Kathmandu post had also reported about the incident. The report identified two deceased as Ajay Das and Bijaya Kurmi. It also mentioned that the name of the bus driver was Laxman Jamarkattel who was rescued but was unconscious. The assistant driver was Pramod Chaudhary and the conductor was Rishi Uprety who were brought to Kathmandu for treatment.

Moreover, we also looked for any reports to substantiate the viral claim about the religious narrative mentioned in the report but did not find any.

Thus, we can confirm that the viral image is old and is of Nepal. Hence, we can ascertain that the viral claim is fake.

 

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