Does the video show Muslims disrupting Hindutva rally in Maharashtra?

Claim

In #महाराष्ट्र Shantidoot ( #जिहादी ) tried to disrupt the Hindutva rally. Due to the promptness of the administration, Hindu-Muslim riots were saved.

But the seculars will continue to see him as a messenger of peace.

#सनातन_राष्ट्रीय_धर्म

#सनातन_धर्म_ही_सर्वश्रेष्ठ_है

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Explanation

Right wings activists from RSS, VHP (Vishwa Hindu Parishad), and Bajrang Dal took part in a massive rally ‘Hindu Jan Akrosh Morcha’ demanding anti-conversion laws against ‘love jihad’ in Mumbai on 29, January 2023. In this context, a video clip showing Muslims chanting ‘Allahu Akbar’ slogans from a building when a Hindu rally is marching forward on a road is shared with the claim that it is from a recent rally in Maharashtra. Similar posts can be seen here, here, here, and here.

What is the truth?

When searching with keywords and reverse searching the keyframes, we found that the viral video is not from the recent rally in Maharashtra. A Frontline article dated 26, April 2022 is found carrying an image that matches the viral video. The incident is from the Hanuman Jayanti procession from Andhra Pradesh’s Nellore.

The article mentions that “the police further disclosed that while the yatra was crossing the masjid, the volume in the audio system was increased and a continuous blowing of horns of vehicles indulged in. Though it was not prayer time, some Muslim youth had already assembled in the Masjid claiming that they were there to offer namaz. Responding to the signs from members in the rally, the Muslims gathered in the mosque shouted slogans “Allahu Akbar” in a high tone and one of the Muslims made a vulgar hand gesture”.

When searching further with keywords from the above-mentioned news article, videos with matching visuals from the video clip are found tweeted by Anshul Saxena on 26, April 2022. It is mentioned in the tweet that the video is from Nellore when the Hanuman Shobha yatra came near a mosque.

India Today reported the incident on 26, April 2022 with the title “After Sloganeering Face-Off During Hanuman Rally, BJP Seeks Bulldozer Justice In Andhra’s Nellore”. This video is found carrying matching visuals from the viral video.

Conclusion

It is found that an old video from the Hanuman Jayanti procession in Andhra Pradesh’s Nellore is falsely shared as from a recent Hindutva rally in Maharashtra.

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