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Fact Check: Sambit Patra Shares Old Video, Claims Hindu Gods' Pictures Burnt During Anti-CAA Protests

An Old Video Is Being Falsely Shared As Photos Of Hindu Gods And Goddesses Being Set To Fire During The Protests Against Citizenship Act.

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Pawas Kumar | Updated on: 02 Jan 2020, 06:46:50 PM
A detailed search with the relevant keywords reveals that this is an old video

A detailed search with the relevant keywords reveals that this is an old video (Photo Credit: Composite Image )

New Delhi:

There have been a flood of fake and old videos being shared that make false claims related to the ongoing protests against the Citizenship Act in the country. Such videos have been shared by both sides with claims aimed at maligning the other side. Now, another video is doing the rounds on social media with the claim that the photos of Hindu gods and goddesses were burnt during the protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act. Even Sambit Patra, National Spokesperson of BJP, has shared a tweet with the same video and claim. 

"This video is shocking can any protest have a right to defile the tenets of Hinduism ..who gives them the right to burn the pictures of Hindu Gods & Goddesses ..why should any protest be an Anti-Hindu protest?? Is this is what the Congress & Communists promote??" he tweeted.

The tweet shared by Patra show a videos of some people buring pictures and posters of various Hindu gods and godesses.

The text posted with the video says, "Shocking! How dare these fools burn the photos of Hindu Gods & Goddesses in the name of CAA protest? What the hell CAA has to do with Hindus? Their agenda is different & politicians of @INCIndia & @cpimspeak are nurturing this. @PMOIndia @rashtrapatibhvn @VPSecretariat @AmitShah".

However, a detailed search with the relevant keywords reveals that this is an old video. On Facebook, a extended version of the same video was shared in August 2018. It has been shared as "Young Ambedkarites burning portraits of Hindu Gods in Ashokpuram MYSORE* to protest against Sanghis who burned copies of the Constitution".

A similar video is also on YouTube. It was uploaded on September 3, 2018, with the title "Bhim army activists disrespect Hindu gods".

It is clear that the video is more than an year older than the first protests against the Citizenship Act even began. While the exact context of the video is not clear, it is surely not related to the anti-CAA protests.

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First Published : 02 Jan 2020, 06:43:11 PM