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Unrelated Video from Bengal Used to Show Migrants Fleeing Gujarat

The video with the false caption has been shared in the context of migrants leaving Gujarat, fearing mob attacks.

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Unrelated Video from Bengal Used to Show Migrants Fleeing Gujarat
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Attacks on migrants from the Hindi-speaking belt have been a cause for concern in several districts of Gujarat in recent days, following the arrest of a Bihar native for allegedly raping a 14-month-old girl. Thousands of migrants from Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Bihar have reportedly left Gujarat due to fear of mob attacks on non-Gujaratis.

A Financial Express report published on 7 October 2018 stated, “Around 20 buses left for the neighbouring states on Saturday with around 1,600 people like Kushwala and Rajkumari – who were staying in Gujarat for a long time. A private bus operator that runs buses in this route informed The Indian Express that only a couple of buses run on such long-distance routes every week, whereas now 20 such buses are leaving every day with around 80-90 people in each bus.”

A video showing a large number of people waiting for a train at a railway station has been shared on social media with the claim that these are migrants from UP and Bihar, waiting to leave Gujarat after the attacks.

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@SirRavish1, a Twitter handle in the name of Ravish Kumar, had tweeted a video of a crowded railway station saying, “गुजरात मे UP/बिहार से आए लोगो पर लगातार हमलो की बजह से 8000 भारतियो के गुजरात से पलायन की खबर चिताजनक है! भारत की एकता,अखंडता पर खतरा मोदी, आपके गुजरात मे ऐसे हालात क्यो ? दावे तो बहुत बडे करते हो, एक गुजरात संभलता नही चले है पूरा देश संभालने कुछ दृश्य”(In Gujarat, due to the continuous attacks on people hailing from UP/Bihar, the news of 8,000 Indians fleeing from Gujarat is worrisome. India’s integrity, unity is in danger. Modi, why is the situation like this in your Gujarat? You make big claims, but cannot even handle Gujarat and want to govern the country. Some visuals).

An individual user has also shared the same video on a Facebook group named, “Maru Gujarat” claiming it to be from Kalupur railway station, Ahmedabad.

Unrelated Video from Bengal Used to Show Migrants Fleeing Gujarat

Video Not From Gujarat

Alt News did a Google reverse search of the key frames with the help of Invid, a browser extension, and found a YouTube video posted on 23 September 2018 captioned, “Krishnanagar Bongaon Local Train - Ranaghat Station”. In the video, people can be heard speaking in Bengali.

Furthermore, we did a Facebook search with a similar keyword, “Ranaghat station”, and found a video by an individual credited to a Facebook user named Sumanta Kumar Nath which was posted on 23 September 2018.

Unrelated Video from Bengal Used to Show Migrants Fleeing Gujarat

Alt News spoke to Sumanta Kumar who claims to have shot the video.

He said, “I had shot the video around 8:30 am when I saw this crowd of students at the station. There was an examination for (the post of) constable that day.”

Moreover, Sumanta Kumar has sent us the video shot on 10 October 2018 from the same railway station to verify the location.

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As claimed by Kumar, there was a preliminary written test for the recruitment to the post of constable in West Bengal police on 23 September 2018. We found a notice issued by the West Bengal police which stated the same.

While Alt News could independently verify the claim that the video was shot by Sumanta Kumar, it is categorically clear that the video is NOT from Gujarat but from West Bengal. Suffice to say, these are not migrants leaving Gujarat from Ahmedabad railway station.

Recently, it was reported that as many as 70 Facebook accounts allegedly spreading rumours regarding the rape case and inciting people to attack migrants have been identified by the Ahmedabad cyber-cell.

Such unrelated videos of huge crowds boarding trains can only lead to exacerbation of panic among migrants in Gujarat. Social media users are advised to refrain from impulsively sharing such videos or photos whose origins may be suspect.

(This was first published on Alt News and has been republished with permission.)

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