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Viral Video Showing Celebrations In Srinagar Post Ind Vs Pak T20 WC Match Is From 2017

New Delhi: From anti-Muslim rant against Indian cricketer Mohammed Shami, to videos claiming to show celebrations in Kashmir & Muslim neighbourhoods in major Indian cities, India’s communal fault lines lay exposed on social media sites a day after Pakistan won the T20 world cup match against India. An investigation by Newschecker has shown that some of these videos have actually been resurrected from 2017 when Pakistan won the Championship Trophy by winning against India.

A 00:15 second long video claiming to be from Srinagar, allegedly showing Kashmiris celebrating Pakistan’s win has been widely shared after the match on Sunday. The post, shared by Twitter user @Sassy_Hindu has seen over 2,200 retweets and received over 4,000 likes. The same video was shared by many others and has gone viral.

Fact Check/ Verification

To verify the authenticity of the video, Newschecker began by developing its keyframes. The keyframes show several details, such as the crowd assembled at what looks like a large intersection. It also shows people standing atop a white truck setting off fireworks. One of the three men on top of the white truck can be seen wearing a distinctive green T-shirt, and when the camera pans, a white and green banner along the road and a uniquely designed gate catch the viewer’s eye.

Ind Vs Pak T20 WC Match
A key frame from the viral video showing the crowds celebrating
Ind Vs Pak T20 WC Match
A key frame from the viral video showing a man in distinctive green T-shirt and obscure writings on the windshield of the white truck
Ind Vs Pak T20 WC Match
A keyframe from the viral video showing a white and green banner and a uniquely designed gate

The last time when Pakistan won against India in 2017, both national and international media had reported how Srinagar saw celebrations on a scale like never seen before. Hence, Newschecker ran an advanced search on Twitter to find posts from 2017 showing celebrations in Srinagar. Most videos showed young men celebrating with fireworks.

One of the stills posted in the early hours of June 19, 2017, the day after the Championship Trophy, shows the same white truck and the same three men as in the viral video, standing on top of it captured from a side angle. The man in the centre can also be seen wearing a green T-shirt just like the one in the video.

The image from 2017 shows the same man wearing a green T-Shirt standing atop the same white truck seen in a previous video

An archived copy of the tweet can be accessed here.

Image 1: screengrab from the viral Image 2: Still tweeted by @Harisbhat777

On further examination, more visual clues emerge. A Google search of the 2017 Championship Trophy celebrations in Srinagar throws up several images, one of which is an image by Getty, which shows a clearer image of the same three men standing on top of a white truck. The one in the centre is seen wearing a green T-shirt and the word ‘Jaan’ is written on the bottom front of the windshield. On closer inspection of the video, purportedly from October 25, 2021, one can notice similar text written on the windshield of the white truck at the same spot. However, due to poor video quality, it is not comprehensible. 

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Vague writing at the exact same location on the windshield as the words ‘Jaan’ in the truck photographed by Getty image

The video tweeted by @Sassy_Hindu pans to show the larger crowd. On closer observation, one can see a white and green banner. On comparing it with another video tweeted by @AbubakarTweets in 2017, one can see the same white and green banner in the background. One can also see the white truck pull up into what appears to be a roundabout.

Image 1: White and green banner seen in the viral video Image 2: White and green banner seen in 2017 video

The same banner is also seen in another video from 2017.

This above video also shows a roundabout in the same locality. In an attempt to ascertain the  geolocation using Google Maps and Google street view, we find that the roundabout is outside Jamia Masjid in downtown Srinagar. On examination of the still tweeted by @Harisbhat777, we also observe a uniquely fashioned gate, the same which can be seen near the entrance of the Jamia Masjid.

Uniquely fashioned gate seen in the still posted by @Harisbhat777
The same gate is seen in the viral video
Image of the same uniquely fashioned gate outside Jamia Masjid as seen on Google street view

Conclusion

Based on corroborating the videos from 2017 and 2021, Newschecker found that the two videos have the same elements and visual cues and hence are from the same occasion. Thus we conclude that the visuals were shot during celebrations in Srinagar outside the Jamia Masjid in 2017 after Pakistan won the Championship Trophy and not 2021.

Result: Misleading 

Claim Review: Celebrations in Srinagar post Ind Vs Pak T20 WC match.
Claimed By: Social Media Users
Fact Check: Misleading

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Pankaj Menon
Pankaj Menon is a fact-checker based out of Delhi who enjoys ‘digital sleuthing’ and calling out misinformation. He has completed his MA in International Relations from Madras University and has worked with organisations like NDTV, Times Now and Deccan Chronicle online in the past.
Pankaj Menon
Pankaj Menon is a fact-checker based out of Delhi who enjoys ‘digital sleuthing’ and calling out misinformation. He has completed his MA in International Relations from Madras University and has worked with organisations like NDTV, Times Now and Deccan Chronicle online in the past.

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