Video of fire at Birmingham supermarket shared with communal twist

Social media users have also claimed that the British police failed to save Hindus.

By Md Mahfooz Alam  Published on  7 Oct 2022 2:38 PM GMT
Video of fire at Birmingham supermarket shared with communal twist

Hyderabad: A video is circulating on social media with the claim that Hindus were beaten up and a temple set on fire by Muslims during Navratri in Birmingham, England. Social media users have also claimed that the British police failed to save Hindus.

A Twitter user shared the video and wrote, "Birmingham temple burnt by muslim during Navratri. Hindus beaten up England police ineffective in Saving Hindus (sic)." (Archive)


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Fact Check

NewsMeter ran a keyword search and found a tweet by the Associated Press fact-check Twitter handle stating that the viral video shows a fire at a supermarket, not a Hindu temple, in Birmingham, England.

The fact-check article of the Associated Press confirmed that the Zeenat Supermarket in Birmingham had caught fire.

Using Google Maps, we geolocated the Zeenat Supermarket and found it looked similar to the place shown in the viral video. We did not find any temples located around the supermarket.

We also found a tweet by the West Midlands fire service, whose jurisdiction includes Birmingham, that said the fire broke out in the supermarket accidentally due to the "outdoor burning of rubbish."

About the fight seen in the viral video, the West Midlands police in a tweet clarified that they believe the fight was connected to an issue with the parking of some cars and that it was an isolated incident.

It is evident from the statements of the West Midlands fire service and the police that a temple was not set on fire by Muslims in Birmingham, England. Hence, the claim is false.

Claim Review:Hindus were beaten up and a temple was set on fire by Muslims during Navratri in Birmingham, England.
Claimed By:Social Media Users
Claim Reviewed By:NewsMeter
Claim Source:Social Media
Claim Fact Check:False
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