Post-election results in West Bengal, social media was flooded with images and videos claiming to be related to the violence in the state.

Several users shared a heart-wrenching video of a teenage girl crying over the body of a father with a claim that it is from West Bengal.

"The matter will not be made by protests, the matter will be made by imposing President's rule and giving Bengal in the hands of the army," reads the message with hashtags#BengalBurning #BengalViolence.

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The same video circulated on Twitter with thousands of retweets.

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FACT CHECK:

This video is from Andhra Pradesh and not related to the post-poll violence in West Bengal.

NewsMeter found that this video is not from West Bengal but from either of the Telugu states. Because the person recording the video can be heard speaking in Telugu.

Taking a cue from this, NewsMeter did a keyword search along with a reverse image search of one of the keyframes of the viral video. Both resulted in several reports on the same incident that took place in a village of Srikakulam in Andhra Pradesh.

NDTV report titled `Teen Tries To Give Water To Covid Positive Father In Andhra, Stopped By Mother' featuring the same video dated May 5, 2021.

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The same incident was reported in The News Minute, Tribune, India Today, and Times Now, among others.

India Today reported: "A daughter wailed and wept as she tried all means to provide water to her Covid-19 positive father even as her mother tried hard to stop her from going near him."

It further added that his name is Asiranaidu (50), a native of Koyyanapeta in G SigadamMandal of Srikakulam district and "breathed his last in front of his daughter and wife."

West Bengal is witnessing violent clashes following the poll results on May 2. Several deaths have been reported so far. But the explosion of fake news on social media around these incidents feared to incite communal violence and political clashes in the state.

Hence, the viral video of a girl wailing over her father's body is not related to the post-poll violence in West Bengal.


Claim Review :   Wailing teenager in viral video is from West Bengal
Claimed By :  Social Media Users
Fact Check :  False

Vamsi Krishna Pothuru

Vamsi Krishna Pothuru completed his Masters in Communication from The University of Hyderabad. He has interned with The New Indian Express and Kriti Social Initiatives. With the specialization of media research in masters, he submitted his thesis on the topic of "Fact-checking Initiatives and their response to Fake News in India." He believes that fact-checkers have a huge role to play in the fight against fake news which is a dangerous undercurrent in social media reinforcing hatred and false perceptions. Along with fact-checking, he is also interested in writing about environmental issues and human interest stories.

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