A video showing a mob playing loud music and waving saffron flags in front of a mosque has gone viral with people linking it to the communal clashes that took place in Karauli, Rajasthan.
The claim comes in the backdrop of violence erupted in Karauli on Saturday, 2 April, when a bike rally taken out on the occasion of the Hindu New Year was met with stone-pelting as it passed through a market lane.
However, we found that the viral video was from Kolar, Karnataka. The mob was playing music and raising slogans in front of Hussaini Makan Masjid during a rally.
The video has been shared with a caption that reads, "Where are the so-called champions of Human Rights when houses of Muslims are being burned in India #Karauli #Karauliviolence."
Other social media users also shared the video with similar claims.
WHAT WE FOUND OUT
We used the InVID WeVerify Google Chrome extension to extract keyframes from the viral video and conducted a reverse image search on some of them.
While going through the search results, we found the same video on the website of The article said that the video was originally shared by an independent journalist called Mohammed Irshad.
Irshad's tweet said that the mob was in front of the Hussaini Makan Masjid of Kolar, Karnataka and was part of a cycle rally organised by BJP MP Tejasvi Surya. In the second tweet, Irshad clarified that the incident was from a rally that took place on 27 March.
Irshad posted the Tweet on 29 March, therefore, it could not have been from Karauli as the violence took place on 2 April, on the ocassion of Hindu New Year.
In order to check the location, we looked up Hussaini Makan Masjid of Kolar on Google Maps and found an image of the mosque.
We noticed several similarities while comparing the two images showing that the mosque in question was indeed in Kolar and not Karauli, Rajasthan as claimed.
Evidently, an image from Kolar, Karnataka was linked with the communal violence that erupted in Karauli, Rajasthan.
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