Hyderabad: After the Telangana government lifted certain restrictions, a video of people thronging the markets has gone viral. The video claims that it is the scene from Madina Market, Hyderabad. However, is this video from Hyderabad?

Fact Check

The video shows hundreds of people crowding the cloth market, claimed it is the scene from the Madina market in Hyderabad. Madina Market is one of the known wholesale cloth markets in the city. The video has been going viral on Facebook and shared by multiple accounts with the same claim.

A news channel ‘9 Bharat Samachar’ had also used snippets from this video, along with visuals from shops in Koti, Hyderabad, for a story regarding flouting of rules amid lockdown. However, the video was later removed.

The video was shared with the same claim on Twitter as well, by one user named Ajayraj S Muthaliya. The tweet can be found here.

An activist from Hyderabad Syed Abdahu Kashaf had also filed a complaint on the same video. He tweeted, “I Have registered a complaint against a News channel “9 Bharat Samachar” fr spreading fake news targeting a community. In this video the news channel falsely claims a Video from #Pakistan as video from Hyderabad Madina Market.”

However, when NewsMeter did a reverse image search using keyframes from this video, it was found that it was shared on Twitter on May 19. A businessman from Pakistan and a verified Twitter user, Usama Qureshi, had shared it with the text ‘Scene from a market in Faisalabad.’

The archived version of this tweet can be found here.

Other users have also pointed out that the visuals are from the Anarkali Bazaar, in Faisalabad, Pakistan. It was also found that the same video has been uploaded in YouTube with the title ‘New Anarkali Faisalabad 18 May k taaza manazir‘ on May 19, 2020.

The video is at least two days old, and therefore, the same video cannot be from Madina Market, Hyderabad as claimed by certain Facebook users. Therefore, the claim is FALSE.

Amritha Mohan

Amritha Mohan is a reporter at the NewsMeter. Shortly after completing her Master's in Communication at the University of Hyderabad, she began teaching courses on media and culture as a guest lecturer at the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, North-Eastern Hill University (NEHU), Shillong. Amritha has previously interned with news organisations such as Greater Kashmir and Newslaundry. A lover of travel and photography, she spends most of her time planning road trips to the North-East. Nothing makes her happier than a green turf and a team to play football with. She primarily reports on education, tech, human-interesting and critical features.

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