An old video showing Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) workers being heckled by a crowd in Gujarat is being shared with a false claim that the video was shot in a ghetto of Rohingyas and Bangladeshi refugees in West Bengal.
The video shows BJP workers on motorcycles make their way through a narrow and crowded lane. A boisterous crowd flanking them on both sides can be seen heckling them by hooting and pulling their party caps and flag.
A caption with the viral video reads, “If you don’t vote for the Bharatiya Janta Party in the 2019 election, this incident will be replicated all over India. When the BJP workers were crossing a ghetto of Rohingyas and Bangladeshi refugees in West Bengal, they were jostled in this way.”
(Hindi: 2019 के लोकसभा चुनाव में अगर भारतीय जनता पार्टी का समर्थन नहीं दिया तो यह घटना पूरे भारत में जल्दी देखने को मिलेगा | पश्चिम बंगाल मे रोहिंग्या और बांग्लादेशी रिफ्यूजी के बस्तियों से जब भाजपा कार्यकर्ता गुजर रहे थे तब वहां के रहने वाले रोहिंग्या मुसलमान और बांग्लादेशी उनके साथ ऐसा सलूक कर रहे थे |)
The video has been revived and shared by numerous pages on Facebook.
An immediate giveaway that the video is not from Bengal are the voices heard in the background. They are distinctly non-Bengali.
BOOM then ran a reverse image search on the video and found that the same clip was tweeted by Dalit leader Jignesh Mewani on December 8, 2017.
The Dalit leader, in his tweet, stated that the video was from Gujarat.
BOOM then searched with the keywords ‘BJP Gujarat rally’. As we filtered the time settings to 2017, we found the same video published by ABP Asmita on December 7, 2017.
The video was earlier debunked by Alt News.
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Sumit is a fact checker and the News Editor of Boom's Hindi wing. In the six years of his journalistic career, he has worked with the New Indian Express, Times of India and Deccan Chronicle. The dynamic nature of digital media finally made him take the leap from print to online, and don the hat of a digital detective.
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