Fact Check: Video of Bangladesh clashes falsely shared as that from Kolkata

Social media users are sharing a two-minute clip reportedly of a group of people protesting against the Kali puja celebrations in Kolkata.

By Sabya Singh  Published on  25 Oct 2021 3:30 AM GMT
Fact Check: Video of Bangladesh clashes falsely shared as that from Kolkata

Hyderabad: Social media users are sharing a two-minute clip reportedly of a group of people protesting against the Kali puja celebrations in Kolkata.

According to a Twitter user who shared the video, the protesters were Muslims demanding a stop on poojas at Kali Matha Mandir in Kolkata.


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Fact Check:

The claim is false.

NewsMeter performed a keyword search and found a longer and clearer version of the video. It was uploaded by a Bangladeshi YouTube channel JazaKallah Media on 16 October 2021. It said that there was a clash between two groups in Feni.


A report by newsbangla24.com said at least 29 people, including an assistant superintendent of police and an officer-in-charge of the police station, were injured in the clash which erupted shortly after a rally, organized by the Hindus to protest communal violence, started.

Next, the team found a clearer version of the video and noticed a donation box with the text "Boro Masjid" written in Bengali. We also noticed a building that looked like a mosque. The screenshots can be seen below.


We then searched for a mosque in Feni on Google Maps and found the same structure. We also noticed a donation box and the building adjacent to it.


Several media outlets had reported the clash. According to a report by Prothom Alo from 17 October 2021, the district puja celebration council had started a human chain in front of a Kali temple on Trunk road. "Some people who had come out from Boro Masjid (Feni Central Jame Mosque) after the prayers had a clash with the human chain members," it read.

The police resorted to lathicharge to control the situation. A police officer was also injured in the clash. The Daily Star article said more than 15 people were injured. The clashes began after a protest march was disrupted by some youngsters in the area. Read more here.

Hence, the claim is false. The viral video is from Bangladesh and not Kolkata.

Claim Review:Video of hundreds of Muslims protesting against the puja at a Kali temple in Kolkata.
Claimed By:Social Media Users
Claim Reviewed By:Newsmeter
Claim Fact Check:False
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