Multiple old riot videos and images are falsely linked and shared as recent Haldwani riots.

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CLAIM 1

“I have come alone. I’m standing alone. Put a hand on me. #AnandSinghThakur #Haldwani

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CLAIM 2

20 years ago, there was a 1% Muslim population in Haldwani. Now it’s about 20%. Wake up, Hindus, before it’s too late for you. #Uttarakhand

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CLAIM 3

Can Admin in India can give Shoot at sight for this Violence If your answer is NO then welcome to Hindu Nationalists Dictator Fascism rule #Haldwani

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Explanation

Violence erupted in Haldwani, Uttarakhand, as people from a specific community threw stones at the police trying to demolish an illegal madrasa and prayer spot in Malik’s garden in Banbhulpura. The troublemakers set the local police station on fire, damaging police and media vehicles. Faced with danger, the police had to flee.

The District Magistrate ordered the troublemakers to shoot on sight, and no one will leave the house except for urgent work. The chaos continues in Banbhulpura, prompting the internet shutdown in Haldwani. As per ANI, four people have lost their lives, and over 200 policemen are injured in the unrest.

Meanwhile, many videos and images are widely circulating, claiming that it’s all from the Haldwani riots in 2024. They can be seen here, here, and here.

What is the Truth?

We ran a reverse search using the keyframes of all viral visuals and we found the original news from different news websites and channels.

FACT 1

When we searched the first claim, we found the original news was reported by Nav Bharat Times on February 6, 2024, with the title “Damoh: One person is enough… Hundreds of miscreants frightened by the roar of Real Singham, shadow video on the internet.”

In this article, we can see similar police, which are also seen in the viral video, and this clarifies that this video is from Damoh, Madhya Pradesh, and not from the Haldwani, Uttarakhand, riots. The same is also seen displayed in the viral video.

FACT 2

When we ran a reverse search image using the keyframes of the viral video, we found the original video posted by the Bharatvarsh 24×7 news Facebook page on May 3, 2022, with the caption, ”Thousands of people offered Eid ul Fitr prayers on the occasion of Eid at Jwalapur Eidgah. Maulana Mohammad Arif, Maulana Mohammad Abdul Wahid, said to Pradhan Times:”

However, it’s from a similar state, Uttarakhand, but not from Haldwani; it’s actually from Haridwar.

This viral video was already fact-checked by YouTurn, and you can read this article by using this link.

FACT 3

In this viral post, we can see four images. In the first, there is a man standing above the mosque and raising the saffron. In the second image, we can see a man standing above the church and raising a saffron flag. In the third image, we can see a mob walking with guns, and in the last picture, we can see three people riding a two-wheeler with a knife in front of police. and this post claimed that these four images are Haldwani riots.

When we ran a keyword and found four images from different incidents, such as the first image, which is actually from the incident when a man on the eve of Ram Navami planted the saffron on the top of Dak Bangla Masjid, Mohammadpur, Bihar, reported by Quint on April 12, 2022,.

The second viral image was also actually found in Dabtalai in Ranapur, Jhabua district, Madhya Pradesh, according to the Quint article reported on January 22, 2024, titled” Saffron Flag Hoisted On MP Church Amid Jai Sri Chants, Ahead Of Ram Mandir Event.”

The third viral image was from the news video coverage by Aaj Tak on violence and conflict between two groups in Mewat, Haryana. We can see similar footage at timestamp 5:55.

The fourth and last picture we tried and searched and found that the image has been seen being shared on social media since 2018.

So according to all the proofs, all the above-mentioned claims are false and misleading. All the claims are from different states and are falsely linked with the recent Haldwani riots.

Conclusion

We therefore draw the conclusion that the viral videos and images are all from different state incidents and unrelated to the recent Haldwani riots.

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