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Fact Check: Video from 2019 falsely shared as a recent incident of vandalism at Mahishasur Railway Station

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Summary

A viral video on Twitter features a mob vandalizing a railway station. The Tweets claim that Muslims are vandalising a station because train
whistles disturbed their Namaz. It was found that the video is from the CAA-NRC protest of 2019.

On April 27, a video of a violent mob vandalizing a railway station went viral on Twitter. Twitter users claimed that the video is from Mahishashur Station, Naopara, Murshidabad, West Bengal. This can be confirmed by the video, where a signboard is visible at one point. The Tweets also claimed that this was a scene of a Muslim mob vandalizing a station because "the sound of the train whistle is disturbing their namaz."

Similar Tweets can be found here and here.

The video is generating a lot of hate and disharmony among the communities and has gone massively viral on the website. 

Fact Check

We contacted a correspondent at Murshidabad, who confirmed that the video is from the 2019 CAA-NRC protest when Murshidabad was a hotbed of outrage. At that time, similar violent scenes were picked up from multiple stations across the district, and covered by other news websites, such as Zee News, The Hindu Business Line, and The Free Press Journal.

Mahishashur Station of Naopara was one such station where the violence was not covered by any media. It seems that Right-wing Twitter handles took this opportunity to share the video to instil communal hate among the people.

In conclusion, the viral video is from a 2019 CAA-NRC protest. The claim that Muslims vandalized a station because train whistles interrupted their Namaz is false. Confirmed by a correspondent from the district.

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