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Fact Check: Man In Burqa Caught for Illegal Liquor Transport in Andhra in 2020 Falsely Linked to Recent Rameshwaram Cafe Blast

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At least 10 people, including the hotel staff and customers, were injured in a low-intensity blast in Rameshwaram Cafe in Bengaluru on March 1. Following the blast, a video is being widely shared on social media showing a man wearing a burqa arrested by the police. The post urges people to be careful of terrorist groups wearing burqa. 

The video is bring shared with a caption: कल ही बेंगलुरु में बम ब्लास्ट हुआ है। बुर्का-हिजाब पहने आतंकी समूहों पर कड़ी नजर रखते हुए सावधानी बरतनी चाहिए। (English translation: Yesterday there was a bomb blast in Bengaluru. Caution should be taken by keeping a close watch on terrorist groups wearing burqa-hijab.)

Here’s the link to the above post

FACT CHECK 

NewsMobile did a fact-check, and found it to be misleading.

Through the Google Reverse Image Search, the NM team spotted the same video uploaded by ETV Andhra Pradesh, dated August 8, 2020, with a title: “Several Arrested | for Transfer of Illegal Liquor Wearing Burqa | at Kurnool Dist.” In the same video, at around 38 seconds timestamp, one can clearly see seized liquor bottles.

The Joint Commissioner of Police, Vizag City, Fakkeerappa Kaginelli, also shared the facts about the video on ‘X‘ on August 16, 2020. He tweeted: “Facts# The burqa clad man in this video was found carrying liquor bottles illegally across state from Telangana to Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh. Caught by Excise police, was reported on 7-8-2020 in Kurnool Taluka Police station. youtu.be/GFmCzzjU3-k Stop spreading misinformation.”

Facts#
The burqa clad man in this video was found carrying liquor bottles
illegally across state from Telangana to Kurnool, Andhrapradesh. Caught by Excise police, was reported on 7-8-2020 in Kurnool Taluka Police station.https://t.co/GDdPPW7wK5
Stop spreading misinformntion

— Dr.Fakkeerappa Kaginelli IPS (@Fakkeerappa_IPS) August 16, 2020

Bengaluru City Police also debunked the viral claim in 2022, when the same video was shared with another claim. They posted on their Facebook page, “Video claiming Karnataka police arresting burqa-clad agitators and 40 per cent of them being boys in women’s attire: True facts – Karnataka State Police FactCheck.”

Hence, from the above fact check, it is clear that an old video is being shared with a misleading claim. 

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