Images of Hindus Attacked in Pak Passed Off as Homes Burnt in WB 

Pakistan’s Punjab Police mentioned that a case has been registered and the accused have been arrested.

Published14 May 2020, 09:04 AM IST
WebQoof
2 min read

Following the unrest between two communities in Telinipara area of Hooghly in West Bengal, a set of images showing injured people are being circulated to show how homes of Dalit Hindus are being burnt in the area.

However, the images are from Pakistan wherein few Hindus were attacked. Pakistan’s Punjab Police had mentioned that a case has been registered and the accused have been arrested.

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CLAIM

The claim along with the images reads: “पश्चिम बंगाल के हुगली जिले के तेलीपारा में दलित हिन्दुओं के घरों को जलाया जा रहा है।

(Translated: Homes of Dalit Hindus are being burnt in Telinipara in West Bengal’s Hooghly district.)

Several social media users have shared the images with the same claim on Facebook and Twitter.

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WHAT WE FOUND OUT

On conducting a Google reverse image search, we found an article published by Jammu Kashmir Now on 11 May, suggesting that the images are from Pakistan where 21 Hindu houses were burnt down.

Further, we found tweets shared by lawyer and activist Rahat Austin on 10 May in which the same viral images can be seen. He mentioned that the incident took place in Rahim Yar Khan in Pakistan’s Punjab province wherein Hindus were attacked, allegedly sexually assaulted and were forced to leave the area.

In another tweet, he mentioned that around 21 Hindus houses were burnt in a village in Pakistan’s Sindh.

Responding to Rahat Austin, the official account of Pakistan’s Punjab Police mentioned that a case has been registered and the accused have been arrested.

When translated in English using Google translate, the tweet reads,“Case No. 42/20 Crime 354/506/148/149 of this incident has been registered and the accused have been arrested.”

Further, even SP Atif Nazir tweeted by attaching the FIR copy and stated that it was a land dispute between the parties.

While there have been reports about clashes in Telinipara area of Hooghly in West Bengal, these images are from Pakistan.

(With inputs from SM Hoax Slayer)

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