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Fact Check: Video Of A Clash Between Two Communities At The Machindarnath Samadhi Viral On Social Media

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A video from an incident in Maharashtra showing a clash between two religious groups over ceremonies being performed at Machindarnath Samadhi site in Malanggarh viral on social media platforms. 

A video is being widely shared on social media platforms showing a clash between two groups of people inside a religious place. The video further shows one group performing aarti while another group can be heard chanting slogans of 'Allah-Hu-Akbar.'

The video is being widely shared on Facebook with a caption in Hindi that can be roughly translated to, "Entering the Kalyan temple, stopped the Machindranath Aarti, shouted Allah Hu Akbar's slogan, Kalyan Mangal Garh incident, all this is happening under Uddhav's rule."

The video is being widely shared on Facebook with the same narrative.

The video is also doing rounds on WhatsApp. 

The truth behind the claim

In our investigation, we found that the claim to be shared with the video to be true. The incident is from March 28, when devotees from 2 communities clashes at the Machindarnath Samadhi site in Malanggarh. 

With the help of reverse image search, we found an India TV report on the incident. According to the report, on the occasion of Magha Purnima, about 50 to 60 people of the Hindu community went to perform the Aarti at the Machindarnath Samadhi site located in Malanggarh of Kalyan East. Every year, the devotees of Machindranath take a religious journey called Magh Purnima Srimalang Yatra till Malang Garh Fort to pay their respects to Machindranath. However, the coronavirus, this year’s program was canceled. But at the insistence of Shiv Sena, Hindus were allowed to perform all religious rituals in the temple of Machindranath. During the aarti, about 60 people from the Muslim community came and started shouting slogans of Allah-hu-Akbar. Due to this, a scuffle broke between both the groups. 

As per the report, the police did not take any action in the beginning. However, as the situation became more serious, the police intervened. A case has been registered under the COVID-19 Act against organizers of Aarti. The police have also arrested 4 accused from the Muslim side in this case.

Times Now also reported the same. 

A long-standing dispute between Hindus and Muslims over the ownership of the place

Hindu devotees believe that the place is the samadhi of Baba Machindranath. Every year Hindu rituals are performed here, especially on Magh Purnima. However, Muslims claim that it is the shrine of Sufi, who came from Yemen in the 13th century, Fakir Haji Abdul Rahman Shah Malang aka Malang Baba.  

In conclusion, a video from an incident in Maharashtra showing a clash between two religious groups over ceremonies being performed at Machindarnath Samadhi site in Malanggarh viral on social media platforms. 

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