Hyderabad: An image of a massive gathering is viral on social media. Users claim Hindus from all over Assam have gathered at the Bangladesh border against the attack on minorities in Bangladesh.
"Massive tension along the Assam-Bangladesh border! Hindus from Barak to Guwahati have risen to protest the ongoing mass murder of Hindus in Bangladesh. A red alert was issued along the India-Bangladesh border and Muslim areas near the border. Hail Lord Rama. Wake up Hindus. #SaveBangladeshiHindus," reads the English translation of the message in Bengali.
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The claim is misleading.
Firstly, NewsMeter performed a reverse image search and found that the viral image in which many people are seen wearing saffron color dresses. It was posted by several Twitter users in 2019. Users claimed that more than six lakh people attended a mega rally to listen to PM Modi on April 13, 2019, at Nehru Maidan in Mangalore.
Taking this as a clue, the team looked for credible media reports and found that according to the news reports, PM Modi was canvassing for BJP before the Lok Sabha polls that year. The media reports also carried similar pictures and videos of the crowd but couldn't find the viral picture in any media report. http://www.mangaloretoday.com/
The fact-checker found a user tweeted the rally video under the hashtag #ModiInMangaluru, which corresponded with the viral image. We also found many similarities between the two.
Screengrab of the Twitter video
We tried to identify the viral picture with a Google street view image of Nehru Maidan. The key elements of the viral picture match with the street view image of Nehru Maidan.
Speaking of the Assam protest, thousands of people gathered at Assam's Barak Valley recently to protest against the targeted attacks against minorities in Bangladesh.
Hence, the claim is misleading.