Fact Check: Demolition Drive Along Dal Lake Falsely Associated With Rohingyas In Jammu

A video is viral on social media with a claim that the colonies of Rohingyas were razed in Jammu and Kashmir. The Logical Indian Fact Check team found the claim to be false.

Jammu and Kashmir   |   12 Jun 2021 1:47 PM GMT
Writer : Jakir Hassan | Editor : Bharat Nayak | Creatives : Jakir Hassan
Fact Check: Demolition Drive Along Dal Lake Falsely Associated With Rohingyas In Jammu

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Footage of a group of officials demolishing a few constructions is viral on social media. A JCB earthmover and a group of officials can be seen wrecking some structures in the one minute thirty-nine seconds long footage. In some part of the footage, a few locals are seen trying to stop the officials.

The footage is viral on social media with the claim that it is of the official demolition of illegal constructions of Rohingyas in Jammu and Kashmir. One of the posts on Twitter says, "As per the Roshni Act, the colonies of Rohingya Jihadis are being razed in Jammu and Kashmir".


Claim:

The viral footage is the demolition drive of illegal constructions of Rohingyas along Dal Lake in Jammu and Kashmir.

Fact Check:

The viral footage has the logo 'Jammu Links News', so we searched for the same video using this keyword. It led us to the Youtube channel 'Jammu Links News' where the same footage was posted on 5 June titled "LAWDA demolishes several illegal constructions, encroachments." In the description of the footage, it was mentioned that Lakes and Waterways Development Authority conducted continuous demolition drives through its Enforcement Wing. The drives demolished several illegal constructions/encroachments under the supervision of the Enforcement Officer. The demolition took place in the area of Lashkari Mohalla, Doji Mohalla, Burzhama, Wangut Teilbal, and Nishat.

Many news portals like Kashmir Observer, ETV Bharat Urdu, Jammu Links News, and Kashmirdotcom reported the demolition drive.

Various Youtube channels also reported the video.

Such demolition drives have been taking place in the area for the past few years to conserve Dal Lake, shrinking due to raging illegal constructions/encroachments along its bank. Zee News, India Today, and TV9 also reported the demolition of illegal constructions/encroachments in May.

Abdul Aziz Qadri, the enforcement officer, told Boom that the claims regarding the viral footage are false. Qadri said, "They are local people of Srinagar. They are constructing illegal constructions alongside Dal lake, which is a green belt, and any sort of construction there is prohibited."

Qadri also informed that the demolition drive took place in May and June.

Conclusion:

Many media outlets reported the demolition of illegal constructions/encroachments along Dal Lake, but none suggested their association with Rohingyas in Jammu and Kashmir. Therefore, the viral footage has nothing to do with Rohingya's.

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Claim Review :  Demolition Drive Along Dal Lake Falsely Associated With Rohingyas
Claimed By :  Social Media Posts
Fact Check :  False
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Jakir Hassan

Jakir Hassan

Digital Journalist

A journalist at heart loves the in-depth work of reporting, writing, editing, research, and data analysis. A digital and social media enthusiast.

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Bharat Nayak

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As the founding editor, Bharat had been heading the newsroom during the formation years of the organization and worked towards editorial policies, conceptualizing and designing campaign strategies and collaborations. He believes that through the use of digital media, one could engage the millennial's in rational conversations about pertinent social issues, provoking them to think and bring a behavioral change accordingly.

Jakir Hassan

Jakir Hassan

Digital Journalist

A journalist at heart loves the in-depth work of reporting, writing, editing, research, and data analysis. A digital and social media enthusiast.

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