Fact Check: Viral post on clash between migrants and locals in Tamil Nadu misleading; video is from gang war in Gujarat
A months-old incident of violent clash between two groups in Gujarat is going viral with the misleading claim of a clash between Hindi-speaking migrants and locals in Tamil Nadu.
- By Vishvas News
- Updated: March 9, 2023
New Delhi (Vishvas News): A video of a clash has gone viral on social media with the claim that it is from Tamil Nadu, where a scuffle has broken out between a Hindi speaking group and the local people. This video comes days after false claims of attacks on migrant workers from Bihar triggered concerns and political uproar in the two states.
Recently, a video of assault on Hindi-speaking migrant labourers on a train in South India had surfaced and the police had arrested the accused in this case. Subsequently, several videos and photographs were shared on social media with misleading and false claims of violence against Hindi speaking labourers in Tamil Nadu. The fact check report on the issue can be read here.
Now another video has gone viral on social media, in which it has been alleged that a violent clash took place between migrants and locals in Tamil Nadu. Vishvas News investigated the video and found the claim to be misleading. The video going viral is of a gang war in broad daylight between two groups in Gujarat, where many people were injured.
Social media user ‘Tiger CJ gaming’ shared the viral video (archive link) and attributed it to Tamil Nadu.
Till the time of investigation, this video has been viewed 18 lakh times and it has been liked by more than 21,000 people.
In the viral video, a violent clash between two groups can be seen in the middle of the road. The person recording the viral video can be heard speaking in Gujarati. Based on this, a keyword search of ‘Gujarat Road Rage Violent Clash’ led us to a video bulletin uploaded seven months ago on the verified YouTube channel of Zee News. The video used on Zee’s youtube channel is the longer version of the viral video.
According to the information given, this video is about the gang war between two groups in the middle of the road in Gujarat. According to reports, a violent clash between two groups in Gujarat’s Surendranagar also led to sword fighting. Many people were injured in this clash.
It is clear from our investigation that the viral video is not related to Tamil Nadu. We contacted Rajendra Singh Parmar, Deputy Editor of Gujarati Jagran, over this video for additional confirmation. He confirmed that the video is of an old incident in Gujarat. He said that the accent of the person talking in the video is of Kathiawadi Gujarati.
It is noteworthy that on March 2, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had tweeted that he had received information about an attack on Bihar labourers working in Tamil Nadu through newspapers, after which he had written to Bihar’s chief secretary and Director General of Police. While giving instructions, the order was given to ensure the safety of the migrant labourers of the state.
After this, many such videos and pictures went viral on social media, which were not related to Tamil Nadu. Fact-check reports of such videos and images can be read on Vishvas News website.
More than 6,000 people follow the user who shared the viral video on Facebook.
Conclusion: A months-old incident of violent clash between two groups in Gujarat is going viral with the misleading claim of a clash between Hindi-speaking migrants and locals in Tamil Nadu.
- Claim Review : Scuffle breaks out between a Hindi speaking group and the local people in Tamil Nadu
- Claimed By : Tiger CJ gaming
- Fact Check : Misleading
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