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Was A TMC Worker Caught Pelting Stones In Kolkata Wearing A Saffron T-Shirt?

Was A TMC Worker Caught Pelting Stones In Kolkata Wearing A Saffron T-Shirt?

The video has been projected as ‘TMC goons’, involved in the violence that ensued following BJP President Amit Shah’s road show in Kolkata on May 14. However, the video is from Jamshedpur and not Kolkata.

A video of a Muslim man who was caught pelting stones wearing an orange T-shirt in the recent Jamshedpur election clashes, is viral on Twitter with a misleading context.

The video, which documents two policemen and a security personnel interrogating the man, has been projected as ‘TMC goons’, involved in the violence that ensued following BJP President Amit Shah’s road show in Kolkata on May 14.

A Twitter user Ravi Singh, whose bylines can be found on rabble rousing website Dainik Bharat, shared the 12-second long video.

“Real Name – Mohammad Nisar…Orange T-shirt, Tilak on Forhead. Now you can understand many things. You can also connect this to the so called “Bhagwa Goons” doing Violence during Amit Shah Road Show in Kolkata, They were all TMC Goons,” Singh tweeted.

The tweet also sought to bring attention to the accusation by the BJP that goons affiliated to the Trinamool Congress party had indulged in violence and mayhem during the recent rally by Amit Shah.

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Both TMC and BJP have accused each other of starting the violence.

Singh, in a later tweet, defended his original tweet saying he had never said the video was from Kolkata.

However, several netizens believed the video to be from the state, accusing West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee of indulging in minority appeasement politics.

Several Twitter users also stated that the man had a tilak on his forehead, however BOOM was not able to independently verify whether it was a tilak or caused as result of the man bleeding from the head.

Fact Check

BOOM found a comment on the video which mentioned that it is originally from Jamshedpur and documents a clash that broke out between two groups over elections, on May 12.

We found a news bulletin where the accused can be seen interacting with the cops, while profusely bleeding from the head.

At 2 minute 19 second mark, the former, in a saffron T-shirt, has been detained by cops.

BOOM also found a tweet with the same video.

Jamshedpur’s Jugsalai turned into a battleground and the local police had to resort to firing teargas shells and lathicharge, when two groups clashed on account of elections on May 12. Section 144 was imposed in the area after seven were detained during the clashes. For more on the incident, read here.

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Claim Review : Video shows a TMC worker wearing a saffron t-shirt and pelting stones in Kolkata

Fact Check : FALSE

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Swasti Chatterjee is a fact-checker and the Deputy News Editor of Boom's Bangla team. She has worked in the mainstream media, in the capacity of a reporter and copy editor with The Times of India, The Indian Express and NDTV.com and is now working as a digital detective, debunking fake news.

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