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Fact-Check: Old video from Bangladesh goes viral claiming to be from West Bengal

Vishvas News in its investigation found out that the video claimed to be from Kolkata is old and is that of a protest rally in Bangladesh against the genocide of Rohingya Muslims.

  • By Vishvas News
  • Updated: June 15, 2021

Vishvas News (New Delhi): A video is being shared over social media platforms especially WhatsApp and Facebook, where Muslims are seen taking out a huge rally. It is being claimed along with the video that the rally was taken out by Muslims in Kolkata with the support of chief minister Mamta Banerjee. Vishvas News in its investigation found out that the video is over four years old from Bangladesh taken out against brutalities on Rohingya Muslims.

Claim:
Facebook user Manjeet Pancholi shared the viral video over Facebook and wrote: ममता की छांव में आज ये रेली कलकत्ता में निकली है। कल पुरे देश में निकलेंगी तब सिर्फ PM Shree Narendra Modi याद आयेंग । on 14 June.

Check the post and the archive version here.

Investigation:
Vishvas News started its investigation by observing the video closely first.
We played the video over and over again and made several observations.

The lifesize cutout that appears like that of Mamta Banerjee, is actually that of the Myanmar’s now detained leader, Aung San Suu Kyi.
One can see that on zooming in the video.

Another observation that Vishvas News made was that of the perfectly visible flag of Bangladesh in the video.

Vishvas News also noticed a very clear placard that said, ‘Stop! Brutal genocide on Rohingya Muslims.’

It was hence now clear that the video was that of a protest rally against the genocide of the Rohingya Muslims. Also, this video belonged to Bangladesh.
Vishvas News, now did a keyword search and searched for the video using keywords such as, ‘Bangladesh protest rally against genocide on Rohingya Muslims.’

We found the video uploaded on YouTube on September 13, 2017 by YouTube channel Spice InfoTube. The video was titled: Islami Andolon Bangladesh enclose myanmar Embassy.’

We also found a report published on www.outlookindia.com on 8 September, 2017. The report was titled: Thousands of Bangladesh Muslims protest Rohingya killings
Read the report here.

Vishvas News then interacted West Bengal bureau chief of Dainik Jagran, JK Vajpayee, he too told us that the video is not from Kolkata and has been going viral with false claims since a couple of years.
Vishvas News too had earlier fact checked this same video with similar claim.

Check the fact check here:

Vishvas News now conducted the background check on the Facebook user that shared the viral video. We came to know that user Manjeet Pancholi is a resident of Liverpool.

Conclusion: Vishvas News in its investigation found out that the video claimed to be from Kolkata is old and is that of a protest rally in Bangladesh against the genocide of Rohingya Muslims.

  • Claim Review : Video of rally in Bengal
  • Claimed By : Manjeet Pancholi
  • Fact Check : False
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