An image of a huge crowd gathered on the road is being shared with claims about the Muslim population increasing in Kolkata, how West Bengal Chief Minister Mamta Banerjee is letting this happen, how the community is responsible for partition, and how India would become an Islamic Republic if Hindus don't unitedly vote for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
It is being shared with the caption, "Kolkata today.. looking like ants from far but these Muslims are like a human sea... What Mamta will gain? What she will take along? Why is she selling away our country? Alarming and Serious Warning ⚠️ 😳! Remember partition of India originated on August 14-15, 1946, a year before the Independence in this place named Kolkata only!! If we Hindus irrespective of caste colour, creed, region, language, hierarchy, gender and age group did not unitedly vote for BJP, we will be SOON an ISLAMIC REPUBLIC FOR SURE. TRAILER IS FOR YOU TO SEE ABOVE 👆"
We also received messages on our WhatsApp fact check no. +91-6364000343 requesting to fact-check the claim.
It is also going viral on Facebook with the same claim.
Kolkata today.. looking like ants from far but these Muslims are like a human sea... What Mamta will gain? What she will...
Kolkata today.. looking like ants from far but these Muslims are like a human sea... What Mamta will gain? What she will...Posted by Hari Kr on Sunday, 12 June 2022
Kolkata is witnessing a Muslim population explosion, and India would become an Islamic State if all Hindus don't vote for BJP.
The Logical Indian Fact Check Team verified the viral claim and found it to be misleading.
We reverse searched the image and were led to a YouTube video posted by a Pakistani channel Labbaik News on January 4, 2021. The video, geo-tagged as Lahore, was titled "Allama Khadim Hussain Rizvi Chehlum | TLP Chehlum 2021".
We then searched the event on Google, and came across a January 3, 2021 news report on the event by the Pakistani news portal, BaaghiTV, titled, "Thousands of people attend Allama Khadim Rizvi's Chehlum". According to the article, thousands of people had attended the Chehlum, which is a remembrance and memorial service on the fortieth day after the person's death, for Allama Khadim Hussain Rizvi, who died at the age of 54.
Rizvi was the founder of a Pakistani far-right political party Tehreek-e-Labbaik. We also came across a website of the party, Tehreek Labbaik Pakistan, detailing the procedure that was followed by participants during the Chehlum.
Interestingly, this same visual has been used as a means to spread misinformation on other occasions as well. There have been claims that this is from a protest against ex-BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma for her remarks on Prophet Mohammed which we fact-checked on our Instagram, and also claims that this is from a video of Hindus gathered to chant Hanuman Chalisa as a reply to the Namaz in Jaipur.
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The Logical Indian Fact Check Team verified the viral claim and found it to be misleading. This video is not from Kolkata showing the population of the Muslim community there. It is a 2021 video from Lahore which shows thousands of people at a Chehlum after 40 days after a political leader's death.
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