A video was widely shared on social media claiming that the video is of a communal attack in Bhairab Upazila of Kishoreganj. Eight Hindu homes and shops were attacked and set on fire.
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The first attack,— BANGLADESH VEDIC STUDENT SANGHA (@BangladeshVedic) August 23, 2022
Militants attacked, vandalized and torched eight Hindu houses and shops in Chandiber village of Bhairab upazila in Kishoreganj district of Bangladesh. @hrw @StateIRF @TulsiGabbard @VHPDigital #savebangladeshihindus #hindupobia pic.twitter.com/NFSPT1D3Ld
#Bangladesh— Shantanu (@shanrockzy) August 22, 2022
Last night jihadists set fire to the shops of Hindu businessmen Pankaj Dhar and Jhantu Bhakta,at the road junction next to Dhaladia temple in Palash upazila of Narsingdi.
Those four shops were the only source of income of the family.#SaveBangladeshiHindus pic.twitter.com/7DMKqsSqED
Using an AI assisted tool we extracted key frames and performed a reverse image search of the shared video.
Reverse image search revealed that the incident took place on 22nd August 2022 according to report four shops were burnt to ashes in Dhaladia Bazar of Ghorashal Municipal area of Palash Upazila of Narsingdi.
(Screenshot from Bijoy Bangladesh website)
(Screenshot from The Dhaka Crime News website)
False Context/ Misleading
Our fact-check confirmed that video of the fire incident was shared with a false context to spark communal rift and hatred. Whereas according to reports the fire is believed to have started from an electrical short circuit.
ABCDE Framework-Based Analysis
|Actor||Independent social media users are involved in disseminating the misleading news.|
|Behavior||Fire in local market was wrongfully linked with religious minority’s safety. The incident of shops catching fire was reported with misleading claims.|
|Content||Social Media post.|
|Degree||Non-Muslims who are a minority in Bangladesh, were portrayed to be treated as inferior while remedying disinformation. The content is being spread to mislead the general public; the target audience of the news was Hindus residing in Bangladesh.|
|Effect||The news is being circulated to mislead the masses and create panic. The fake news created distress among Hindus residing in the country. The Hindu community was enraged and demanded safety.|