Hyderabad: A video claiming that the minority community members vandalized Dr. Bhim Rao Ambedkar's statue in Kerala, is going viral on social media.

Fact Check

The claim is False.

NewsMeter performed a Google Reverse Image Search of a screenshot from the viral video, which directed us to a video news report uploaded on August 26, 2019. At the 30 seconds mark, one can see the viral video clip. The thumbnail of the video reads: "Vedaranyam (Tamil Nadu), Aug 26 (ANI): Statue of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar was vandalized by a person amid clashes between two groups in Tamil Nadu's Vedaranyam on August 25."

We then found a video uploaded by TV9 Telugu. According to the bulletin uploaded on `TV9 Telugu Live' on 26 August 2019, Ambedkar's statue was damaged in Vedaranyam, Tamil Nadu.

We then found a tweet by Express Chennai on August 26, 2019. "Twenty-eight people have been arrested after clashes broke out between two caste groups in Vedaranyam town in Nagapattinam district of Tamil Nadu on Sunday and a statue of BR Ambedkar was vandalized. The statue has now been replaced by a new bronze one," it reads.

It is therefore evident that the claim is False. The video is not from Kerala but from Tamil Nadu.

Claim Review :   Video of vandalizing Dr. Bhim Rao Ambedkar’s statue in Kerala.
Claimed By :  Social Media Users
Fact Check :  False

Tejal Sinha

Tejal Sinha is currently a Fact Checker at NewsMeter. She is pursuing Masters in Journalism and Communication from St Francis College for Women. She is open to learning new things while exploring the road to unbiased journalism. She has also been awarded best report by women journalists, 2021. You can follow Tejal on Twitter @SinhaTejal

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