Footage of police clash from India's West Bengal is misrepresented as Bangalore
A video has been viewed tens of thousands of times on multiple posts on Facebook alongside a claim it shows clashes between police and armed protesters in the southern Indian city of Bangalore. The claim is false; the video actually shows police clashing with protesters in West Bengal state, in eastern India.
The video was published here on Facebook on August 16, 2020. It has been viewed more than 3,700 times.
The three-minute, 29-second footage shows police in riot gear at a standoff with armed men on a street.
The post’s Hindi caption translates to English as: “The Hindus are sleeping and [Muslims] are doing their jobs in Bangalore. Look at these police officers, imagine what could happen to you. We should unite so that we can answer bricks with stones.”
The posts circulated online after days of deadly violence between Hindus and Muslims in Bangalore, capital of Karnataka state, in southern India, in August 2020, sparked by a “derogatory” Facebook post about the Prophet Mohammed. Here is an AFP report on the clashes.
However, the claim is false.
A combined Google reverse image and keyword search found a shorter version of the video in the misleading post published here on Twitter by Indian news agency ANI on July 19, 2020.
#WATCH West Bengal: Clash breaks out between security personnel and locals, during the protest against an alleged gang-rape & murder of a girl in Kalagachh in Uttar Dinajpur. Security forces use tear gas shells to disperse the protestors. pic.twitter.com/aGe3CAo6P9— ANI (@ANI) July 19, 2020
The tweet reads: “#WATCH West Bengal: Clash breaks out between security personnel and locals, during the protest against an alleged gang-rape & murder of a girl in Kalagachh in Uttar Dinajpur. Security forces use tear gas shells to disperse the protestors.”
West Bengal is a state in eastern India.
Below is a screenshot comparison of the video in the misleading post (L) and the ANI video (R):
Bengal police also published a series of tweets about the protest here on July 19, 2020.