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Viral Video Showing Eid Celebrations In West Bengal Is Actually From Bangladesh

Authors

Vasudha noticed the growing problem of mis/disinformation online after studying New Media at ACJ in Chennai and became interested in separating facts from fiction. She is interested in learning how global issues affect individuals on a micro level. Before joining Newschecker’s English team, she was working with Latestly.

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.

Claim
Video shows carcesses of cattle slaughtered during the recent Eid celebrations in West Bengal.

Fact
At least one-year-old video from Bangladesh’s Dhaka.

A video of cattle carcasses lying on a pathway covered with what appears to be blood mixed with water, with people roaming around is going viral on social media platforms. Several users, including verified handles, shared the video claiming to show the recent Eid celebrations in West Bengal. However, Newschecker found that the video is at least one-year-old, and shows visuals from Bangladesh.

Multiple social media users shared the 1:21 minute video claiming to show Eid celebrations in Mamata Banerjee’s West Bengal. Some even claimed that 200 cows were slaughtered in a residential complex in the state.

Such posts can be seen here, here, here and here.

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Fact Check/Verification

We skimmed through the comment sections of the post carrying the viral footage, and found multiple users pointing out that the video is in fact from Bangladesh, and not West Bengal.

Screengrabs from X

Further, on carefully analysing the viral footage we spotted the watermark of “@AshwiniSahaya” in the middle of the screen.

Screengrab from viral video

Taking a clue, we scanned through the X handle of Ashwini Shrivastava (@AshwiniSahaya), and found that the same video was uploaded on his account on July 1, 2023. “Hindus Celebrating Holi in India ( festival of colour)? No, This visual is from a housing society in Dhaka, Bangladesh Eid al-Adha / Bakrid 2023,” the post stated.

Screengrab from X post by @AshwiniSahaya)

Following this, we looked up keywords  “residential apartments/flats/housing building in Dhaka” on YouTube, and found a video by Kazi Muneem Rahman. Featuring a partially complete building complex, it detailed the Shopnonagar Residential Flat Project at Section 9, Dhaka’s Mirpur.

Screengrab from YouTube video by Kazi Muneem Rahman

On comparing the construction featured in the YouTube video with the taller building seen in the viral footage, we found several similarities. The same can be seen below.

(L-R) Screengrab from viral video and screengrab from YouTube video by Kazi Muneem Rahman

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We also found a YouTube video by Amar Chokh, dated October 24, 2022, carrying what appears to be an animated aerial view of Swpnanagar (pronounced ‘Shopnonagar’ in Bengali) Residential Flat Project in Dhaka’s Mirpur.

Screengrab from YouTube video by Amar Chokh translated via Google

The video, too, featured a building complex similar to the one seen in the widely circulated footage allegedly showing visuals from West Bengal.

(L-R) Screengrab from viral video and screengrab from YouTube video by Amar Chokh

Following this, we looked up “Shopnonagar Residential Flat Project at Section 9, Dhaka’s Mirpur” on Google Earth View, and were able to spot the exact location seen in the viral video.

(L-R) Screengrabs from viral footage and screengrab from Google Earth View

Google Images for “Shopnonagar Residential Flat” also showed the same building complex as seen in the widely circulated video.

Google Images for Shopnonagar Residential Flat in Dhaka

We were not independently able to verify the number, and identify the cattle carcasses seen in the video. However, the above mentioned evidence proves that it’s from Bangladesh and not Bengal.

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Conclusion

Hence an old video from Bangladesh’s Dhaka has been shared to show cattle slaughtered during Eid celebrations in West Bengal.

Result: False

Sources
X Post By @AshwiniSahaya, Dated July 1, 2023
YouTube Video By Kazi Muneem Rahman, Dated August 30, 2020
YouTube Video By Amar Chokh, Dated October 24, 2022
Google Earth View
Google Images

( With inputs from Rifat Mahmdul of Newschecker Bangladesh team)


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Authors

Vasudha noticed the growing problem of mis/disinformation online after studying New Media at ACJ in Chennai and became interested in separating facts from fiction. She is interested in learning how global issues affect individuals on a micro level. Before joining Newschecker’s English team, she was working with Latestly.

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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