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Fact Check: 2019 Post Goes Viral As Minority Group in West Bengal Vandalising Rly Properties For Disturbing Namaz?

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The video showing a mob vandalising the railway properties is doing the rounds on social media. Many users claim that railway properties were damaged by a group of Muslims in Murshidabad, West Bengal, who were triggered by disturbance during Namaz caused by a train whistle.

A Facebook user shared this video and wrote: “Naopara Mahishashur railway station in Murshidabad, West Bengal, was practically destroyed as the train whistle was frequently disturbing their Namaz. See the age group of the goons, product of Madrasas? Are you able to see the future of Bengal as well as India?”

This Facebook post can be seen here.

It is being widely shared on Facebook and X with a similar claim.

FACT CHECK

NewsMobile fact-checked the post, and found it to be misleading.

Observing the video carefully, our team identified the station name, ‘Naopara Mahishasur’ which is a station in Pilki, West Bengal. We also found a video uploaded on YouTube with the title “Indian Railway Station I Noapara Mahishasur NWMS”.

From the 2.04 minute mark, the visuals can be seen which match up with the surroundings seen in the viral video.

Facebook also carries few visual evidence of the events that took place at the Naopara Railway Station.

On YouTube, we came across this viral clip with a translated title: “Protest procession against CAB and NRC at Naopara Mahishasur station” The video shows people destroying the railway station from different angle.


A report by NTVWB News gives more details about the incident. The translated title reads: “The railway line was removed at Naopara Mahishasur station.” The video gives more details about the events that led to the vandalisation of the railway station. The incident seems to have taken place during the protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act in 2019.

In 2019, protests had erupted across West Bengal during the anti-CAA sentiment across the country. As per The Print report, dated December 17, 2019, protesters set afire 19 stations and 20 trains, vandalised ticket booking counters and destroyed railway tracks. Around 655 trains were cancelled in the state.

Our team could not independently verify the details about the incident. But it is confirmed that the viral video dates back to 2019 covering the anti-CAA protests. And the clip has gone viral with false claims.

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