Old Mock Funeral Video Falsely Linked To Amit Shah Getting COVID-19

BOOM found that the viral clip is not recent and dates back to December 2019 during anti-CAA protests in the country.

Anmol Alphonso
Update: 2020-08-10 15:46 GMT

An undated but old video of protesters staging a mock funeral for Home Minister Amit Shah during the Anti-Citizenship (Amendment) Act protests last year has been revived online with a false claim that the video is recent after Shah tested positive for COVID-19.

The 26-second clip, shows a mock funeral procession passing by a street. A man wearing a skull cap runs to the front of the crowd and wails that Amit Shah and Narendra Modi have died.

The viral clip is being shared with the caption which when translated claims, "look at their mentality after Amit Shah ji tested positive for COVID-19 they are removing a funeral procession celebrating."

(Translated from Hindi - इनकी मानसिकता देखिए अमित शाह जी के कोरोना संक्रमित होने पर उनकी शवयात्रा निकाल के खुशी मना रहे है..)

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We searched on Facebook with the same caption and found that the video was viral with the misleading claim.

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Also Read: No, Pakistan Did Not Hold A Mock Funeral For Modi: A FactCheck

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We found that the viral clip dates back to December 2019, and is not recent after Amit Shah announced that he had tested positive for COVID-19.

We found the same video posted on December 21, 2019 when we searched for the words 'Amit Shah mar gaya' (Amit Shah has died)

Facebook post uploaded in December 2019 with the same clip.

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On comparing the sequence of events in this video and the viral clip, we found that both were the same. 

Additionally, in the video on the barricades, we spotted ''Kolkata Traffic Police' written at the 14 seconds timestamp, which shows that the video is from Kolkata, West Bengal.

'Kolkata Traffic Police' written on the barricade  

One can also hear the crowd of protesters chanting 'Azaadi' (freedom), which indicates that it could be an anti-Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 (CAA) protest. Several protests were held across the country against the CAA in December 2019.

Amit Shah had taken to Twitter on August 2, 2020, announcing that after witnessing the initial symptoms of COVID-19 he got tested and the report had come back positive.

BOOM could not independently verify the incident, however we could confirm that the viral is old and not recent as is being claimed.

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Also Read: Also Read:No, Amit Shah Did Not Order CBI Probe Into Sushant Singh Rajput's Death


Claim Review :  Video shows a mock funeral held after Amit Shah tested COVID-19 positive
Claimed By :  Facebook Posts
Fact Check :  Misleading
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