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Video from Bangladesh is viral as RSS men insulting an old man in India

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India: There is a video viral across social media with a claim that RSS members have insulted an elderly man in India. In the video, it can be seen some young lads are insulting an elderly man, pulling his clothes, and having an aggressive argument. This tweet has more than 25k views on twitter.

The viral tweets read as: (Archive)

So this is going to be new normal in Indian society! is only working on hatred!
More than a dozen insulting Old man of their’ father’s age!
So #IndiaThatIsBharat #RIPHumanity #RevokeNSADrKafeel #SabYaadRakhaJaega 

It was also claimed that RSS insulting Muslims is new normal in India. An Old man was Insulted by dozen of RSS members.

FactO Check

We took some screenshot of the video and did a reverse image search using Google image search. In the Google image search, we found a YouTube link of the same video, this video was posted by “Risingbd.com” on YouTube dated 2nd June 2020.  This Video has caption “বৃদ্ধকে বিবস্ত্র করে পেটালেন যুবলীগ নেতা “, translated to, “The old man was stripped naked and beaten by the Juba League leader “

When we did a keyword search using “Juba League leader”, we found an article from somoynews link. The article was in Bangla, and translated to English

According to Article, this Incident is of  24th May 2020 but on Tuesday (June 2), the matter came to the notice of everyone after it went viral on social media. The incident took place on May 24 at Chayakuritikka Para in Ward 4 of Dhemushia Union in Chakaria Upazila of Cox’s Bazar. Media outlets reported that the victim is 72-year-old Mohammed Nurul Alam and the accused is one Ansoor Alam, president of the local wing of the Jubo league. Both are residents of Cox Bazar’s Chokriya upazilla and Ansoor Alam attacked Nurul Alam on May 24, when he was returning from shopping. Complaint filed by Alam’s son Ashraf Hossain, “My father was returning from Dhemushia station after shopping. Ansoor Alam and his men pulled down my father and took him to a deserted area. They tore his clothes, hit him, and also abused him. A few youngsters filmed the entire event. When my father cried for help, my brother Salauddin went to the area with locals and rescued him and rushed him to the doctor,”

This Incident happened in Bangladesh and not in India. Also its a scuffle between locals residing in Cox’s Bazar, which is a town on the southeast coast of Bangladesh. It was clear that this incident doesn’t involve any RSS members and the video doesn’t even belong to India.

Conclusion: So, the claim made in viral video, that Elderly Muslim Man was harassed and insulted by RSS in India is misleading and false. The Incident took place in Bangladesh and has no communal angle in it.

ClaimReview: RSS men insulting Elderly Muslim Man in India

Claim By: Aman Khan ( @1amankhan1)

Fact Check by Facto News: FALSE

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BJP spokesperson shares an image of a Mosque from MP, claiming it to be an illegal construction in Mumbai

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Mumbai: A verbal rift is going on between Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut and Kangana Ranaut after the latter called Mumbai a part of POK(Pakistan Occupied Kashmir). On 9th Sep 2020, Mumbai’s BMC body razed part of Kangana’s Mumbai office citing illegal construction. Social media users have taken sides, while some praised the action, many of them criticized BMC’s and government’s misuse of power. At the same time, few people turned the debate into communal.

BJP spokesperson Ashwini Upadhyay posted a photo and raised the question to Uddhav Thackeray. In his tweet which is now deleted, he asks. “इस अवैध निर्माण को कब तोड़ेंगे उद्धव जी? @OfficeofUT @AUThackeray” (When will this illegal construction be demolished Udhav ji?)

Sanjay Dixit, an Ex-IAS officer has shared the photo from his verified twitter handle, with the caption “A legal construction in Bandra. When is the BMC going to notice this monstrosity in plain sight? Wait. It only insults the ordinary public, not the penguins and UTs.”

A Facebook user posted this photo on his Facebook with claim, “मुंबई में 200 से ज्यादा अवैध मस्जिदें हजारों मजारें सड़कों के बीच बनी हैं! पर BMC को सिर्फ कंगना का ऑफिस अवैध निर्माण लगा!” (Over 200+ illegal mosques are in the middle of the road in Mumbai but BMC only taking action against Kangana’s office.)

Another user posted the same photo on twitter with the claim “बांन्द्रा मे रोड पर बनी यह मस्जिद गेरकानुनी नही है?? पुछता है भारत”, (India asks, this mouse at Bandra road is legal or illegal?) (Archive) This user has replied to many twitter users asking the same question. Find here

FactO Check:

With a quick reverse image search on YanDex, we found that the photo is from Sagar District, Madhya Pradesh. While accessing Google maps in search of “Jama Masjid, (Marqaz), Katra Bazar”, one can see that Google Earth shows the same viral mosque as Jama Masjid (Marqaz). Our finding shows the mosque is not in Mumbai but from Moti Nagar, Sagar of MP.

We have highlighted some structures that match with the viral image with a green circle and a red square.

We also found an article published on Dainik Bhaskar in April month, the picture in the article used is of the same mosque ‘Jama Masjid, Katra’. The three domes in the below photo also matches with the viral photos of the mosque.

Conclusion: The mosque photo used to target Maharashtra govt and Shiv Sena is found to be from Madhya Pradesh. So the claims are found to be misleading and fake.

 

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True! Muslim students were made to sit outside for board exams in Indore, MP

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Indore(MP): Class XII board exams were resumed on 9th June in Madhya Pradesh. A Bengali school located at Naulakha in Indore which was a center for the Class XII examination made headlines for discriminating against the students attending the examination on religious grounds.  National Herald, Mumbai Mirror, and many news agencies have reported this incident.

Class XII examinations in Madhya Pradesh, initially started on 2nd March was expected to be completed by 31st March. But due to the COVID-19 Lockdowns, the exams were deferred. As Unlock-1 relaxation started on 8th June, the board resumed the exams from 9th June.

Dainik Dopahar, a daily newspaper published an article, dated 10th June with a heading “मुस्लिम छात्रों को परीक्षा में स्कूल से बाहर बैठाया “, (Muslim students asked to sit outside the school during the exam).

A news portal by name clarionindia.net published an article on 10th June with heading “Indore: Muslim Students Taking Class 12 Exams Made to Sit Outside in Heat”.

FactO Check:

We have received requests from a lot of users to verify this news. We spoke to Dr. Aminul Khan Suri, the first to raise this matter to the school and district administration.  A Congress MLA, Arif Masood has also written to Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan expressing concern over the matter.

We spoke to Dr. Aminul Khan Suri and here is what he said, “Exams were started from 9th June and no students were seated separately. This started on 10th June on a Bengali school which was a center for 3 schools- Sita Devi, Asian, and Islamia Karimiya School(IK). The IK school girls were made to sit separately on 10th June. When asked about discrimination, the administration informed that SDM notified the Bengali school on 9th June that according to guidelines students from containment zone should be seated separately. On the Next day, Bengali School took the decision of making Islamiya karimiya School’s students sit separately for the exam. The school didn’t give these students any separate rooms and 47 girls from Islamiya karimiya School, who were appearing for the exam on the 10th were made to seat in a shed outside of the classroom in the summer heat”.

Circular passed for all Examination center:

The order says,  “This letter is in regards to the higher Secondary exam held in the district, we request you to kindly do not make students sit in the corridor, stage or sheds for their exams. This needs to be followed strictly. Orders by the collector of the district, Indore”.

FactO Editorial Opinion:

Generalizing students of Islamia Karimiya School, which has all Muslim students was not a good idea, the administration should’ve checked the addresses of students from the containment zone and asked them to sit in a separate room, but not in a shed.  A student from Asian and Sita Devi school could’ve also been from containment zone, but they were not checked and all students from Islamia school were asked to sit separately in a shed. Students should not feel discriminated because of their faith. We appreciate the decision of District Education officer, issuing orders to all exam centers to not make students sit in sheds or corridors.

Conclusion: This is true. Students were asked to sit outside the classroom just because of their Muslim identity. This shouldn’t have happened.

ClaimReview: Muslim students asked to sit outside the school during the exam

Claim By : Dopahar Samachar

Facto Check by Facto news: TRUE

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Go Air takes U-turn after terminating the wrong Asif Khan in hurry for an abusive tweet made by an imposter

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Mumbai: A month ago #Islamophobia_in_india was trending in India, also many Indians living in the middle east country got fired from Arab countries due to anti-Islamic posts on their Twitter or Facebook profile. In a similar case in India, an abusive tweet of Md Asif @MdAsif35534489 allegedly working for Go Air as cabin crew was reported, and Go Air took not more than 7 hours to find the employee and fire him. Go Air airlines tweeted that, we have Zero tolerance policy at 3:01 PM, and at 9:43 PM they made another tweet (Archive) saying we have terminated the contract of our First officer Asif Khan with immediate effect.

Whats the Claim?

A twitter user, Asif Khan (@MdAsif35534489) was accused of abusing Hindu Gods. In a tweet to Go Airlines India, Sonam Mahajan wrote, “Please clarify if Asif Khan @MdAsif35534489 is really your employee as his twitter bio states. If he is and you do not fire him for this unpardonable public conduct, it will mean that you are complicit in encouraging such hatred against the Hindu religion”.

Many other users also reported this screenshot of the user. Go Airlines India took 7 hours to terminate the contract. The same was quickly published on News18OneIndia , The Hindu, Times Now and portals like SwarajyaOpIndia and MyNation.

Asif Iqbal Khan Story:

After his employment termination from Go Airline India, Asif Khan wrote his side of the story on his Facebook wall. He posted “It’s been hell for me and my family since yesterday.I have been getting death threats, abusive hate messages, my mother and sister threatened with rape, all because of a mistaken identity and because a guy with the same name as mine had abused Holy Hindu Gods. I wish to clear the air and request to stop abusing my family, please. Read full post here.

Asif Khan has filed a complaint on request from Cyber cell officers. He posted an update today on his wall saying, “FINALLY yesterday on 6th June 2020 a Respected high ranked officer from the cyber cell department called and told me that he is personally looking into my case. And then a Respected high ranked officer from my local police station also called and asked me to come down to the police station and file an official FIR. Which I did and now an official FIR has been lodged (Copy of which I have attached) against the person who has used my name and made those derogatory comments on twitter and because of whom my whole career is in jeopardy.”  Read the full post here.

FactO Check:

After Asif Khan’s side of the story went viral, we analyzed both sides of the story.

Analysis 1:

Alt News did a Facial comparison between Parody account DP and the Asif Khan Photo taken from his Instagram account. They found the GoAir employee (Asif Khan) sports a beard in every picture of this dating back to about five years, while the person in the alleged parody account is clean-shaven.

We also found the original source of the photo used to impersonate Asif Khan, due to the security/privacy of individuals we can’t reveal who’s photo was being used on the Parody account of Asif Khan (@MdAsif35534489).

Analysis 2:

Alt News also found few old tweets of the Parody account, which proves that the accused was not Go Airlines India’s employee Asif Khan. Here is a tweet where the user can be seen begging for RT with an alleged photo of his brother working in Qatar Airways. After Alt News contacted the person whose photo was tweeted as his brother, Qatar Airways employee denied and confirmed that the person trying to be Asif Khan is an impostor and not his brother.

Why using a fake photo?

With the help of Archive.org, Alt News also found few of his tweets involving in Hashtag trends. There are some social media marketing agents who give money per tweet and more if it gets RT’d. One such tweet can be seen below.

Along with #BiasedBBTargetAsim hashtag, he was also seen trending tags like #StopBullyingAsim and #ViewersChoiseAsim.

Conclusion:

We are not able to understand the disparate action taken by Go Air to terminate an employment contract within 7 hours. A show-cause notice or an explanation from the employee could’ve have avoided all this. So here is our finding.

  • Looking at tweets made by the Parody account, we can conclude those are tweets to make quick bucks.
  • The person was involved in many Hashtag trending programs and asking for RTs.
  • Photo used in a tweet claiming to be his brother working in Qatar Airways is not Asif’s Brother.
  • Even the photo used in the parody account was not Asif Khan, Asif Khan is a very common Muslim name.
  • Asif Khan has shared his original twitter account (@FarOutAsif).

With enough evidence, we conclude that it was an impostor account  Go Air could’ve heard Asif’s side of the story before terminating his contract.

Go Air Revokes Termination:

An Article published by Moneycontrol, “GoAir revokes termination notice on employee over alleged communal comments on Twitter”, Go Air says it has decided to not terminate the employee, He’s been suspended, pending an investigation. Whereas in their earlier statement they clearly said his contract is terminated with immediate effect.

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