Fact Check: Photographs From Turmoil In Pakistan Shared As Clashes In Bengal

The Logical Indian Fact Check team investigates the claim that houses of Dalit Hindus are being burnt in Telinipara in West Bengal’s Hooghly district.

West Bengal   |   14 May 2020 11:22 AM GMT
Writer : Aditi Chattopadhyay | Editor : Bharat Nayak | Creatives : Abhishek M
Fact Check: Photographs From Turmoil In Pakistan Shared As Clashes In Bengal

A clash broke out between two communities in West Bengal's Hooghly district on May 10. Reportedly, a huge police team had to be posted in the tense Telinipara area to ensure calm.

Following this incident, a set of images started doing the rounds on social media as images from the communal turmoil which occurred in Telinipara.

The photos show a man and woman with injuries and in torn clothes and houses set ablaze.


The images has been shared multiple times on Twitter and Facebook.




One such post has been shared over 3500 times.

"The houses of Dalit Hindus are being burnt in the Telinipara of Hooghly district of West Bengal. (Translated from Hindi)," reads the caption of most of these posts.

Our readers sent us the photographs on our WhatsApp Fact Check number asking for verification.


Trouble had ensued when some people from Wardibazar, where several COVID-19 cases had been reported earlier, tried to enter the Telinipara area. So when 10-odd people from there headed to Telinipara, apparently to use a public toilet, locals objected and a clash broke out.

The police had fired 26 rounds of tear gas and ten rounds of rubber bullets to bring the situation under control.

Claim:

Houses of Dalit Hindus are being burnt in Telinipara in West Bengal's Hooghly district.

Fact Check:

The claim is misleading.

A reverse image search led to a news report by the Gulf News titled, "Pakistan: Hindu couple in rural Punjab brutally attacked, reason unclear," published on May 12.


According to the report, the incident reportedly occurred in the rural areas of Rahim Yar Khan, in the province of Punjab, Pakistan. The man was identified as 'Gulab' and the name of his wife is unclear.

However, the report does mention that no official reports from the police or Pakistani media have emerged so far.

Further, some posts on social media which claim that the incident occurred in Pakistan.

Voice of Pakistan Minority, a Twitter account, tweeted the same images and wrote, "Once again attack on #Hindu community, Gulab and his wife were attacked by neighbourhood goons in Rahimyar khan, Punjab. His wife was sexually assaulted in front of the Public. Shame on you people who are torturing minorities in #Pakistan."


The photo which shows houses set ablaze was found in a website called JK Now. A report published on May 12 titled 'Pakistan murders Hindus yet again; 21 houses with children inside set on fire' said that 21 houses belonging to Hindus in Sindh of Pakistan were burnt down.


Further in reply to a tweet talking about the incident, the official Twitter account of Pakistan police said, "It is primarily a land ownership dispute claimed by both Hindu and Muslim families, on which the parties clashed and the medical reports of the injured are being processed by both sides, after which further legal action will be taken (Translated To English)."


In another reply, the police said that a case has been registered in connection to the incident and the accused have been arrested.

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Claim Review :  Houses of Dalit Hindus are being burnt in Telinipara in West Bengal’s Hooghly district.
Claimed By :  social media posts
Fact Check :  Misleading
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