Hyderabad: A photo reportedly of victims killed in a boat capsizing incident in Assam which took place on 8 September is being shared online. The image shows rows of bodies wrapped in white cloth and lined side by side.

The caption reads, "My country is where the value of cows is more than humans."

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Fact Check:

The claim is misleading.

First, NewsMeter found a comment on one of the posts which provided a link to NDTV.

The NDTV report was published on 29 June 2020 with the headline "23 die in Bangladesh ferry accident". The same photo was published with the caption, "The Morning Bird vessel was hit by another ferry at Farashganj." Farashganj is a neighbourhood in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

We also found the same photograph in a Reuters news report. According to the report, at least 23 people had died while several others went missing when a passenger boat, carrying 50 people, capsized following a collision in the Buriganga river in Bangladesh.

The photograph was credited to Mohammad Ponir Hossain.


Hence, the claim that the photo shows victims of a boat capsize incident in Assam is misleading. The photo is from a 2020 ferry accident in Bangladesh where 23 people were killed.

Claim Review :   Photo of dead bodies piled up after a boat accident in Assam.
Claimed By :  Social Media Users
Fact Check :  Misleading

Sabya Singh

Sabya is currently a fact-checker at NewsMeter and a full-time reporter with Hans India. she has a keen interest in pursuing stories of education, women and child development and loves photography. She is pursuing her M.A in mass communication and journalism from St.Francis of women. she is an avid reader and paints in her spare time.

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