2019 Video Of Bengaluru's Crowded KR Market Revived With COVID Twist

BOOM found that the clip showing a huge crowd in KR Market was shot last year. The market is shut down till August 31.

A year-old video showing massive crowd in Bangalore's KR Market is being shared with false captions claiming that social distancing norms have been openly flouted in the market on the occasion of Varamahalakshmi Vratham on July 31.

BOOM found that the video has been on the internet since 2019. Meanwhile, the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagar Palike (BBMP) commissioner has tweeted about the market being shut till August 31, 2020.

The Hindu festival Varalakshmi Vratham was observed on July 31 this year. A popular festival, the Vratham sees huge crowds flocking the markets. Things were different this year since the iconic KR Market will remain shut till August 31 in view of the increasing Coronavirus cases in Bangalore.

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The viral post has been shared with a caption which reads 'KR Market today for Varamahalaxmi purchase ,Bangalore is finished .prepare yourself to take all the safety measures'.

The video, shot from an over-bridge, shows a sea of people crowding a market area. A voice over in Kannada can be heard saying 'if you drop something accidentally in this crowd, you'll never find it'. One can hear incessant honking of horns and announcements in the background.

Watch the video below and check its archived version here.

The video (archive) has also been shared with a caption blaming the government for the crowded KR Market.

The caption reads 'Bangaloreans are not at all afraid of Corona. 1.Aug.2020. KR Market today for Varamahalaxmi shopping. Govt is silent because they want business to flourish at any cost. Now all sensible Bangaloreans have to prepare themselves to brace the demon reaching their doorsteps through these people'.

Another Facebook user had posted the same video with a caption 'Today K R Market.' An archive of the post can be found here.

The same video has also been tweeted on July 31, 2020, with Kannada caption which translates to 'KR Market on occasion of Varamahalakshmi Vratham.' An archive of the post can be found here.

Fact Check

BOOM did a reverse image search on some frames from the viral video and found longer versions of the same video uploaded on YouTube on August 8, 2019. The Kannada caption with the video translates to 'Varamahalakshmi festival at KR Market ... People's Fair'.

(Kannada: ಕೆ ಆರ್ ಮಾರ್ಕೆಟಿನಲ್ಲಿ ವರಮಹಾಲಕ್ಷ್ಮಿ ಹಬ್ಬದ ಪ್ರಯುಕ್ತ...ಜನರ ಜಾತ್ರೆ)

A keyword search with 'Crowd at KR Market for Varalakshmi Vratham Festival', led us to many other Facebook posts showing the same viral video uploaded on August 8, 2019. The posts can be viewed here, here, and here.

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The same video had been shared on the YouTube channel of news outlet One India Kannada on August 8, 2019 with a Kannada caption that translates to 'The crowds gathered at the KR Market in Bangalore, the festival of Varamahalakshmi.'

(Kannada: ಕೆ.ಆರ್.ಮಾರ್ಕೆಟ್‍ನಲ್ಲಿ ಮಾತ್ರವೇ ವರಮಹಾಲಕ್ಷ್ಮೀ ಹಬ್ಬ ಎಂಬಂತಿದೆ ಈ ವಿಡಿಯೋ)

AsiaNet Newsable had also reported the massive crowd at KR Market, Bengaluru on August 8, 2019, but with a different angle of the crowd.

BOOM also came across a tweet from the official Twitter handle of the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagar Palike commissioner N Manjunataha Prasad stating that KR Market and Kalisapalya Market will remain closed till August 31, 2020.

The tweet says 'KR Market & Kalisapalya will continue to be closed till August 31, 2020. Due to the spread of coronavirus, the current sealed down period at KR Market & Kalasi Palya Market has been extended till 31-08-2020. This decision has been made to prioritize safety'.

We also found news reports according to which the markets will stay closed till August 31.

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Updated On: 2020-08-03T11:59:21+05:30
Claim Review :   Social distancing norms flouted at KR Market, Bengaluru
Claimed By :  Social Media Posts, Whatsapp forwards
Fact Check :  False
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