A set of two images of protesters demonstrating against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) wearing shrouds and lying down, are being falsely linked to the Delhi riots, which have claimed 42 lives so far.
The images show men lying down wearing a piece of cloth that is generally wrapped around the dead ahead of burial. Anti CAA and National Register for Citizen (NRC) texts can be seen written on the shrouds worn by them. The two images are viral with claims that they show the bodies of Muslims who lost their lives in the Delhi riots last week.
Parts of North East Delhi witnessed riots as violence broke out between pro- and anti-CAA groups. As many as 42 people have died in the violence so far and more than 100 injured.
The caption of the post, when translated to English, reads, "My heart has broken. Oh Almighty! Those Hindus who have burned and martyred my Muslim brothers in Delhi's mosques... For exchange of their lives, India should be ruled by Muslims now. You may overthrow the Modi Government like Pharaoh. Please fulfill the wishes by accepting the prayer."
(Original Text in Bangla: ''কলিজা ফেটে চৌচির হয়ে যাচ্ছে। হে মালিক দিল্লির মসজিদে যেসব হিন্দুরা আগুন দিয়ে পুড়িয়ে আমার ভাইদের শহীদ করেছে, তুমি শহীদি ভাইদের রক্তের বিনিময়ে ভারতের শাসন ক্ষমতা মুসলমানদের হাতে কবুল করে মোদী সরকারকে ফেরাউনের মতো পতন ঘটিয়ে দাও। আমিন সুম্মা আমিন।'')
BOOM found that the images of people wearing shrouds and lying down were part of an anti-CAA protest that was held in Aurangabad, Maharastra.
BOOM ran a reverse image search and found that the images are part of a protest that happened in Maharashtra on February 24 against the CAA, NRC and NPR.
The same was reported in multiple local dailies. A local news portal reported, that the protests were observed in Aurangabad, in support of the sit-in demonstrations at Shaheen Bagh. Protesters raised slogans and men wore shrouds as a mark of protest.
The images were earlier shared by multiple social media users that corroborated the unique protests where men wore shrouds and lied down to show dissent against the new citizenship law.
Below is one such tweet, which stated that the protests took place in Aurangabad.
#औरंगाबाद— Sabir Saifi (@saifisabir155) February 24, 2020
काले कानून के खिलाफ कफ़न पहन कर,
इतिहास में पहली बार इस तरीके के आंदोलन देखने को मिल रहा है..!
सरफरोशी की तमन्ना अब हमारे दिल में है,
देखना है जोर कितना बाजू -ए- कातिल में है !!#REJECT_CAA_NRC_NPR #TrumpInIndia#GoBackTrump #Ahmedabad #an pic.twitter.com/XQjnFJfG8j
A video was uploaded to YouTube on February 24, 2020 where the same protesters can be seen.
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