Following the unrest between two communities in Telinipara area of Hooghly in West Bengal, a set of images showing injured people are being circulated to show how homes of Dalit Hindus are being burnt in the area.
However, the images are from Pakistan wherein few Hindus were attacked. Pakistan’s Punjab Police had mentioned that a case has been registered and the accused have been arrested.
The claim along with the images reads: “पश्चिम बंगाल के हुगली जिले के तेलीपारा में दलित हिन्दुओं के घरों को जलाया जा रहा है।”
(Translated: Homes of Dalit Hindus are being burnt in Telinipara in West Bengal’s Hooghly district.)
Several social media users have shared the images with the same claim on Facebook and Twitter.
WHAT WE FOUND OUT
On conducting 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.
Further, we found tweets shared by lawyer and activist Rahat Austin on 10 May in which the same viral images can be seen. He mentioned that the incident took place in Rahim Yar Khan in Pakistan’s Punjab province wherein Hindus were attacked, allegedly sexually assaulted and were forced to leave the area.
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 pic.twitter.com/wxZC74HEJv
— Rahat Austin (@johnaustin47) May 10, 2020
In another tweet, he mentioned that around 21 Hindus houses were burnt in a village in Pakistan’s Sindh.
About 21 Houses of Hindus are burnt in Village Tadados, Tharparker, Sindh, Pakistan. The source says that some people including children are burnt and are in critical condition. pic.twitter.com/HlEUXex0cu
— Rahat Austin (@johnaustin47) May 11, 2020
Responding to Rahat Austin, the official account of Pakistan’s Punjab Police mentioned that a case has been registered and the accused have been arrested.
When translated in English using Google translate, the tweet reads,“Case No. 42/20 Crime 354/506/148/149 of this incident has been registered and the accused have been arrested.”
Further, even SP Atif Nazir tweeted by attaching the FIR copy and stated that it was a land dispute between the parties.
Land dispute between the parties. FIR registered by RY Khan police and accused arrested . pic.twitter.com/tXhEIp8W5R
— SP Atif Nazir (@SP_Atif_Nazir) May 11, 2020
While there have been reports about clashes in Telinipara area of Hooghly in West Bengal, these images are from Pakistan.
(With inputs from SM Hoax Slayer)
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