A three-month-old video from Ahmedabad has been revived on social media with the false claim that it is from the capital, that is in the throes of communal riots.
The video shows police jeeps with blaring sirens trying to make its way through a violent mob that pelts the vehicles with stones.
The 45 seconds clip was shared by ex-armyman and Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) member Major Surendra Poonia also tweeted the viral video and falsely linked it to the ongoing riots in Delhi
"They have brought Kashmir to Delhi They are not throwing stones but they are breaking India...," Poonia tweeted in Hindi.
ये कश्मीर को दिल्ली ले आये हैं— Major Surendra Poonia (@MajorPoonia) February 26, 2020
पत्थर नहीं फेंक रहे हैं ये बल्कि भारत को तोड़ रहे हैं ..यह सब बरखा,रविश,डिसूज़ा, राजदीप, Wire,Quint,BBC,Scroll,राणा अयूब,अरफ़ा, NDTV नहीं दिखायेंगे !
यह Anti-CAA आंदोलन नहीं है बल्कि आतंकवाद है और इसका कंट्रोल रूम रावलपिंडी में है !#DelhiBurns pic.twitter.com/011mmDphHS
BOOM has previously fact-checked Poonia for peddling misinformation. (Read about it here)
This visual proves my point that it's not a riot in Delhi but a war waged by Pak agnst @narendramodi 's India.— Ashoke Pandit (@ashokepandit) February 27, 2020
If the GOI doesn't treat ds Situation like a war dn it will spread al over d cntry.
Pak & Urban Naxals have a common agenda & dt is #DivideIndia. #TerrorattackinDel. pic.twitter.com/bNy7a40jq5
अगर मिडिया नही दिखायगा, तो हमे ही पुरे भारत को यह दिखाना होगा pic.twitter.com/rlHCUSBPWg— Er. Atul Kushwaha (@Real_Atul1) February 26, 2020
Viral on Facebook
The same video is being shared on Facebook with the same caption.
A closer look at the video shows shop signs in Gujarati which suggests that the viral video was from Gujarat and not from Delhi as claimed. At the 11 seconds time-stamp one can spot the sign "Chirag tailors" written in Gujarati script.
On searching for the shop name, "Chirag tailors" and "Ahemdabad" on Google we found that it was located at Shah Alam Road in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. The location of the shop on Google Maps also matches other shop names like 'Famous Chicken Suppliers' that can be seen in the viral video.
Additionally, on searching with the keywords, 'Ahmedabad', 'stone', 'police', on Twitter we found the same viral video tweeted by the handle DeshGujarat on December 19, 2019, which the caption, "A mob pelt stones over police in Shah-E-Alam area of Ahmedabad during CAB protest; at least two cops including a woman cop injured. Police vehicle also attacked."
A mob pelt stones over police in Shah-E-Alam area of Ahmedabad during CAB protest; at least two cops including a woman cop injured. Police vehicle also attacked. pic.twitter.com/Ogba53G9DV— DeshGujarat (@DeshGujarat) December 19, 2019
We searched for news reports and found that the incident had taken place in Shah-e-Alam, Ahmedabad during an anti-CAA protest which had turned violent when a group of protesters cornered and targeted a few policemen on December 19, 2019. Several other videos had gone viral of this incident where one can spot a mob of people pelting stones at a police officer. The video from the incident had triggered outrage online.
A Congress corporator and 48 others were arrested for the attack on police personnel during the protest PTI reported at the time.
One can spot the same sequence that the video shows in TV9 Gujarati's coverage. The video was uploaded to You Tube in December 2019.
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