Fabrication or misrepresentation of images and videos is one of the most common modes of disseminating fake news. A thread with such misinformation, aimed at communalising Kolkata and West Bengal, went viral on social media recently.
The thread carries images of green flags – with a crescent moon and a star –apparently hoisted in West Bengal’s Domjur in Howrah.
The message with the post has at least two versions. One of the versions, written in Bangla, says, “Pakistan’s flag in the heart of Domjur”, adding that the town has become a ‘mini-Pakistan’ and admonishes West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and her party Trinamool Congress for the same.
#ডোমজুড়ের_বুকে_পাকিস্তানের_পতাকা ?? ?দেখে নিন..? ভালো করে দেখে নিন.. এবং আরো তৃণমূল কে ভোট দিন.. আর মিনি পাকিস্তান...Posted by Chiranjit Mayra on Wednesday, November 21, 2018
The other version says that Pakistan flags were hoisted as a celebration of Trinamool Congress leader Firhad Hakim becoming the mayor of Kolkata.
Similar posts also made its way through to Twitter as well. We came across at least two handles tweeting on these lines
कोलकाता में फिरहाद हकीम के मेयर बनने पर कोलकाता में पाकिस्तानी झंडे के साथ जश्न मनाया गया । हिन्दुओं के लिए यह खतरे की घंटी । pic.twitter.com/4kxElNBYBu— राम उपाध्याय (@satyug007) December 2, 2018
कोलकाता का रास्ता और मैन मार्किट में पाकिस्तानी झंडे , फरीद हाकिम के मेयर बनने के खुशी में । फरीद हाकिम मटियाबृज (Port Area)को मिनी पाकिस्तान बतया करता था । अब पूरा कलकत्ता मिनी पाकिस्तान बनने जा रहा है ।— Afra Shaikh✌️ (@Afraoo7) November 29, 2018
हल्दीराम बस स्टैंड का नया नाम उसने *हज हाउस* बस स्टैंड का नया नाम दिया । pic.twitter.com/ti5kFNY2m0
TRUE OR FALSE
False, as the flags displayed in the images are not Pakistani flags. Similar confusion and misinformation has been spread in the past as well.
WHAT WE FOUND OUT
If you look closely, both the claims are based on the flag which is not the Pakistani national flag. In the images – the green flag with a crescent moon – is a generic flag. It is used as a religious symbol by the Muslim community in the subcontinent. Pakistan’s national flag has a white patch on the left side, which is not present in the images carried in the posts.
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