Fact Check: Viral Video Of West Bengal Forest Officer Killing Deer Is Fake
A disturbing video of a man shooting a deer and killing it has resurfaced on social media with false claims that the shooter is from the West Bengal forest department.
In the 2 minutes 38 seconds long video, a man can be seen targetting multiple deer inside a fenced area. He then feeds them and shoots one on the leg immediately after. Later, the shooter slits the throat of the injured deer and poses for pictures proudly.
This disturbing video of animal cruelty, where the hunter can be heard speaking in Bengali went viral on social media with the caption, “Want the attention of the respected chief minister. The people whom you are paying to protect the wildlife are the ones who are destroying its beauty. A West Bengal Forest officer killed a deer. This video should be spread everywhere so that the man gets punished.”
Original text in Bengali: মাননীয় মুখ্যমন্ত্রীর দৃষ্টি আকর্ষণ করছি। আপনি যাদেরকে রক্ষক হিসেবে বেতন দিচ্ছেন, তারাই ভক্ষক হয়ে শেষ করে দিচ্ছে সুন্দর বনের সৌন্দর্য্য, আজকে একটা প: ব: ফরেস্ট অফিসার একটা হরিণ কে মেরে দিল। এই ভিডিও টা চারিদিকে ছড়িয়ে দিন যাতে জেল হয়
আজকে একটা প: ব: ফরেস্ট অফিসার একটা হরিণ কে মেরে দিল। এই ভিডিও টা চারিদিকে ছড়িয়ে দিন যাতে জেল হয়
Arkita Rai Sengupta ಅವರಿಂದ ಈ ದಿನದಂದು ಪೋಸ್ಟ್ ಮಾಡಲಾಗಿದೆ ಶುಕ್ರವಾರ, ಅಕ್ಟೋಬರ್ 25, 2019
The video is from West Bengal and is a recent one.
After searching on youtube, we came across a clip of the disputed video which is somewhat longer than the one that went viral. The video was uploaded in 2015 by DailyStar. According to the video, the incident took place in Bangladesh and the shooter shot a deer in his own farmland.
The incident was reported by the famous Bangladeshi English daily on July 12, 2015, as per which the name of the man is Moin Uddin. He uploaded the video on 4th July. He was a resident of Bangladesh and owned a farm, where he reared deers among other animals.
After the Daily Star article criticizing Moin Uddin started making rounds on social media, the former issued a clarification on his Facebook page claiming that he had a licensed gun for shooting animals which he nurtured in his farm.
I am a Bangladeshi born Australian. I have read the article of the Daily Star, “Who is the beast?” and it deeply shocked…
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