Old Video Of Madrasa Students Being Detained Revived With A Misleading Claim

BOOM found the video is from 2015 when 63 children on their way to a madrasa in Pune were detained in Kolkata for not providing proper identity documents.
Image shows misleading posts on Facebook about madrasa students being detained for terror training

An old video from 2015 showing a group of children being detained has gone viral with misleading claims suggesting that they were being sent for terror training at a madrasa.

On June 9, 2019, BOOM received a video on its helpline along with a text caption that stated that the police have detained 63 students at Kolkata's Rajabazar area. The caption claimed that the students had admitted to receiving training for terror activities at the madrasa.

Image shows screenshot of WhatsApp message received on BOOM's helpline
Screenshot of WhatsApp message received on BOOM's helpline

It also stated that mainstream media has refused to bring this event to light as they had "orders from above" to ignore it.

The video shows a group of children being escorted by the police.

BOOM searched for the caption in English and found the video shared on social media platforms with the same caption.

Image shows another Facebook post with the video and a misleading caption
Facebook search results

BOOM found a discrepancy in the claims being made in the caption. While the Hindi text received on WhatsApp suggest that the children themselves claimed that they were being sent for terror training, the captions on Facebook videos suggested that it was the police who made that claim.

Image shows recent Facebook post (left) and the WhatsApp message on the helpline (right)
Recent Facebook post (left) and the WhatsApp message on the helpline (right)

Fact Check

While going through the list of Facebook search results for the caption, BOOM found that the video was shared four years ago, with the same caption.

Image shows Facebook post with the video and a misleading caption
Image shows another Facebook post with the video and a misleading caption

One of the videos was shared on August 7, 2015, while the other was shared on August 9, 2015.

To investigate further, BOOM did a Google search with the keywords "63 muslim students detained Kolkata" and set the time-filter to show results between August 1, 2015 and August 10, 2015.

The search results led us to three different reports on this issue by the Indian Express, Scroll and DNA, respectively.

Image shows screenshot of the Indian Express article
Screenshot of the Indian Express article

According to news reports, on August 2, 2015, Government Railway Police (GRP) at Sealdah railway station in Kolkata detained 63 children along with a madrasa teacher and his wife.

Indian Express reported that the children were from Bihar's Purnea-Kishengunj belt, and were on their way to Pune for training in a madrasa.

According to Scroll and DNA, the GRP stated that the group was intercepted after they allegedly failed to provide proper identity documents.

The report did not mention any suspicions of terror activities raised by the police, neither did it mention the children claiming that they were being sent for terror training.

The articles also mentioned that the detention led to protests from the Muslim community across Kolkata, which lead to a panic on Twitter about a possible 'riot' in the city.

However, Scroll reported that there were no riots in the city.

The reports suggest that the children were sent back to their families in Bihar.

Claim Review :  Video shows children on their way to receive terror training being detained by the police at Kolkata
Claimed By :  Facebook users, WhatsApp forwards
Fact Check :  FALSE
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