Several social media customers and some Urdu and Bangla media retailers have been sharing two videos lately. In the primary set of visuals, a bulldozer is seen selecting up lots of of idols from a street. In the second, persons are throwing idols of the Hindu deity Ganesh from a bridge into the river beneath. Both are being shared with the declare that Hindus are renouncing their gods as a result of they didn’t defend them from the COVID-19 pandemic.
A information broadcast by an outlet referred to as Shia Waves has additionally been circulating broadly. Shia Waves additionally published an article with the same claim.
Dozens of users are sharing the information broadcast.
Pakistani information channel Asal Haqiqat additionally broadcasted the primary clip with the accompanying declare. It added that Hindus had been changing to Islam and providing prayers at Muslim locations of worship after being upset with their very own gods. A couple of different YouTube channels additionally launched related videos (first, second, and third).
The first clip that includes the bulldozer can also be being shared on Facebook. Numerous customers wrote Bangla captions about folks in numerous components of India destroying idols. From the web page Fast News Bangladesh the video amassed 1000’s of views.
Alt News discovered that each clips had been shot earlier than the arrival of the coronavirus and all of the claims being made on social media are false.
First clip: Bulldozer eradicating idols on the street
Alt News fact-checked one other video in September 2019, associated to the clip in query. At the time, the visuals of 1000’s of idols of Ganesh mendacity on the street had been shared as folks insulting the Hindu religion. However, the video was truly filmed on the banks of the Sabarmati river in Ahmedabad, the place locals left the idols on the pavement in an effort to not soiled the water physique. While conducting an consciousness drive on water air pollution, the native administration inspired the general public to not throw the idols within the river after their puja rituals. Joining the initiative in large numbers, they positioned the idols on the shore as an alternative of immersing them within the river following the Dashama quick.
IAS officer Vijay Nehra had shared the images of the idols two years in the past.
Something superb is going on in #Ahmedabad at the moment.
Ordinary residents have determined to maintain #Sabarmati river clear.
Instead of immersing Dashama idols within the river, they’ve respectfully left them on the banks!!
Thousands and Thousands of them. Unbelievable change ? pic.twitter.com/t5f0yh9ywr
— Vijay Nehra (@vnehra) August 11, 2019
A video from the identical day of the idols being eliminated with the assistance of a bulldozer has now gone viral.
— Sagar Savaliya (@sagarsavaliya05) August 11, 2019
Second clip: Idols being thrown from a truck
We carried out a reverse picture search of stills from the second clip, which led us to a number of fact-check experiences, together with one by AFP. The identical visuals had been viral final yr with the declare that angry Hindus had been throwing away their idols as a result of their gods couldn’t defend them from COVID-19.
Many of the opposite experiences cited a 2015 Facebook submit containing a seven-minute-long video. According to Hvkprasad Prasad, the consumer who posted the video, the immersion ceremony had taken place on the NH 44 freeway adjoining the Krishna River.
ಲೈಕ್ ಮಾಡಬೇಡಿ ಶೇರ್ ಮಾಡಿ
ಇದು NH 44 ಮೆಹಬೂಬ್ ನಗರ್ ಜಿಲ್ಲೆಯ ತೆಲಾ೦ಗಣ ರಾಜ್ಯದ ಕೃಷ್ಣ ನದಿಯ ಸೇತುವೆಯ ಮೇಲೆ
ತೆಲಾ೦ಗಣ ಪೋಲೀಸರು ಗಣಪತಿಯನ್ನು ವಿಸಜ೯ನೆ ಮಾಡುತ್ತಿರುವ ರೀತಿ
Posted by Hvkprasad Prasad on Thursday, September 24, 2015
Using Google Earth, we verified the placement of the Facebook video and located that it was, certainly, the identical place.
The Google photo screenshot beneath reveals the identical water tank, piece of land, and barricades that seem within the viral video.
Officer Rama Rajeshwari of the Telangana Police confirmed to AFP that the video was taken at Beechupalli, positioned subsequent to the Krishna River.
Two videos across the immersion of idols went viral, with many Muslim customers claiming that Hindus misplaced religion of their gods and started throwing away their statues amid the COVID-19 pandemic. This declare is completely false.