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An old video from Myanmar being shared as violence in Kolkata post WB assembly election

Written by Kaiz Shaikh

After the assembly election of West Bengal, there have been several reports of violence in the state. Now, a Zee News video report is viral on social media with the claim that Rohingya Muslims have killed Hindus in the small village of Kolkata.  It is also being claimed forty-five dead bodies of Hindus were recovered and another one thousand are missing.

A Facebook user Sandeep Chandel posted the video along with the caption which reads: “कलकत्ता के एक छोटे गांव से एक हजार हिन्दू आदमी छोटे बच्चे तथा बड़े मिला कर गायब हो गए हैं 45 शव बरामद किए हैं रोहिंग्या मुसलमानों ने हिंदूओं का कत्ल कर दिया जी न्यूज की खबर सुने प्लीज रिट्वीट जरूर जरूर करें जिससे यह खबर शासन प्रशासन तक पहुंचे ”.

(Translations: From a small village in Calcutta, one thousand Hindu men, small children and adults have disappeared, 45 bodies have been recovered, Rohingya Muslims have killed Hindus, please listen to the news of Zee News, please retweet it so that this news reaches the administration”.)

(Photo Courtesy: Facebook/Screenshot)

The video is being shared by multiple users on Facebook.

(Source: Facebook/Screenshot)

A Twitter user Alpana Tomar also posted the video with the same claim. (Archived)

(Photo Courtesy: Twitter/Screenshot)

We received the request on our Whatsapp helpline number to verify the video.

FactO Check:

The video report is true, however, the claim along with the video is false. The video is from the Maungdaw district of Rakhine state, Myanmar. And the anchor in the viral video can be heard saying the same.

The video is a small clip cut from the DNA analysis report of Sudhir Chaudhry.  We found a longer version of the video of over 38 minutes uploaded in 2017 on the Zee News YouTube channel. The video is titled: “DNA analyses on Hindus mass murder in Myanmar’s Rakhine state.”

Zee News has reported this video from Maungdaw, Rakhine and according to the report Hindus were massacred by Rohingya Muslims. The report also claims  45 dead bodies being recovered from the grave and over 1000 people including children and adults missing. The channel reporter Manish Shukla visited the location and he can be seen consoling the victims in the video.

We also found a report of The Quint published on 26 September 2017. According to the report,  Myanmar officials have discovered at least 45 slain Hindus in three mass graves. The Myanmar government has blamed Muslim insurgents for the killings. The report has a similar video attached to it.

Conclusion: The viral video is from Rakhine, Maynmar and the incident of mass killing of Hindus was reported in 2017. Therefore, the claim of Hindus being killed in Kolkata is fake.

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