An old video showing at least three houses ablaze in Kashmir’s Uri region is being shared online with a false claim that the Indian Army set fire to houses of Kashmiris in Bandipora.
BOOM found out that the incident was reported in Uri in 2018 and did not involve the army.
The video comes at a time when the maps of Jammu and Kashmir are being redrawn after the scrapping of Articles 370 and 35 (a) by the Indian government.
Internet and phone services in Srinagar have been suspended since the past few days and Section 144 that prohibits the gathering of more than four persons in an area, has been imposed in the valley.
The clip has been shared on Facebook page ‘Free Indian Occupied Kashmir’. You can watch the video below and access its archived version here.
It shows houses being gutted by fire while voices can be heard in the background shouting ‘Yaa Allah’.
The caption accompanying the video claims, “Indian Army Burns Kashmiri People’s Houses In Bandi Pura indian occupied Kashmir and world is sleeping.”
The video has been shared on multiple pages on Facebook.
Going through the comments section of the post, BOOM came across several replies which stated that the video was old. There were many comments expressing doubts about the authenticity of the video since the internet services have been shut down in Kashmir since the past few days.
We searched with keywords ‘fire guts houses in Kashmir’. While BOOM could not find the same video, we found a similar video that linked the incident to Uri, Kashmir.
We then narrowed down our search to Uri and found the same video shot from a different angle.
The video, uploaded by atv on March 27, 2018, states that the fire mishap took place in Lachipora, Uri.
“Four residential houses were gutted in a massive fire incident at Lachipora Uri, in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district on Tuesday, March 27, 2018. Local residents allege that there is no fire service station in the area,” is what the YouTube video states.
The Facebook post and the YouTube video from 2018 are one and the same as one can hear the same voices in the background helplessly shouting ‘Yaa Allah’ (Oh God).
The fire broke out in a cowshed and later spread to the residential houses, Kashmir Observer reported.
BOOM also took a screen grab from the viral Facebook post and compared it with the YouTube video from 2018 and found it to be the same.
The video has been online since 2018 at least and has nothing to do with the ongoing developments in the state.
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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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