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Fact Check: Images of Hindus attacked in Pakistan being linked to Telinipara communal clash in West Bengal

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Summary

The claim that the images are of West Bengal is false. These viral pictures of violence are NOT from Telinipara in West Bengal’s Hooghly district but from different incidents of anti-Hindu violence in Pakistan.

In the backdrop of unrest between two communities in Telinipara, West Bengal, a set of images showing injured people are being widely circulated claiming that homes of Dalit Hindus are being burnt in the area. A Twitter user named Anand Kumar shared the images saying, "The houses of Dalit Hindus are being burnt in Telipara in Hooghly district of West Bengal."

The same set of pictures is also getting viral on Facebook

The truth behind the claim 

In our investigation, we found out that these pictures are not from West Bengal but from Pakistan's Punjab province. With the help of a Google Reverse Image search, we found an article published by Jammu Kashmir Now on 11 May, suggesting that the images are from Pakistan where 21 Hindu houses were burnt down.

Later, a lawyer and activist in Pakistan, Rahat Austin shared the images with a caption, "Another attack & Sexual Assault on Poor Non-muslim, Hindus. Gulab & his wife were attacked by neighborhood in Chak No 121, Rahimyar khan,Punjab, Pakistan. Both were not only injured but wife was sexually assaulted in front of general public to humiliate & force them to leave area." To this, Pakistan’s Punjab Police replied that a case has been registered and the accused have been arrested.

Further, even Superintendent of Police SP Atif Nazir tweeted by attaching the FIR copy and stated that it was a land dispute between the parties.

In conclusion, the claim that the viral mages are of West Bengal is false. These viral pictures of violence are NOT from Telinipara in West Bengal’s Hooghly district but from different incidents of anti-Hindu violence in Pakistan.

Telinipara Violence

Communal clashes had erupted in Telinipara in the district of Hooghly, West Bengal after members of a community were allegedly taunted as "corona" by some people belonging to another group.

Several shops were ransacked during a clash between two groups in Victoria Jute Mill area in Telinipara on Sunday night. The two groups also hurled bombs at each other, injuring many from both the groups. They also set shops on fire.

While speaking to media persons, Subrata Gangopadhyay, DCP Headquarters, Chandannagar, Hooghly said, “Situation in Telinipara now under control. We have arrested 125 people and recovered bombs in good numbers. The investigation is underway. A woman has also been arrested for posting an objectionable video on social media."

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