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Fact-Check: Gauri Lankesh Murder Street Drama Video Resurfaces with False Communal Claims

A disturbing video circulating on social media platforms has been misrepresented as a recent incident of communal violence. However, a fact-check reveals that this video is actually a Gauri Lankesh murder street drama from 2017. The clip, which shows a woman being ‘shot’ in public, is a dramatic reenactment based on the assassination of journalist Gauri Lankesh, not a real incident of violence against RSS supporters as claimed.

The Gauri Lankesh Murder Street Drama video disseminated with false claims

Several users have shared the video and made communal claims.

An account named @hindugj has shared the video on X( Formerly Twitter) and said. “In Kerala, a woman supporting RSS was dragged out of her car and shot by Muslims in the middle of the market, after which a warning was also given to Hindus – if anyone supports RSS and BJP, this will be done to him.”

Another user @Congress_Indira has also shared the same video on X (Formerly Twitter) and said. “In Kerala, a woman supporting RSS was dragged out of her car and shot by Muslims in the middle of the market, after which a warning was also given to Hindus – if anyone supports RSS and BJP, this will be done to him.”

@AchalSharmaBjp has also shared the video with a caption which translates to. “In #Kerala, a woman supporting @RSSorg was dragged out of her car and shot by Muslims in the middle of the market, after which Hindus were also warned – if anyone supports #RSS and @BJP4India, this will be done to himI think now the time has come to teach these Jihadis a lesson’.

Several other users have also the the sensitive video and made the same claims Their posts can be accessed here, @KisKumMis, @shibbu87 @vijaybansal1961

Unraveling the Truth: Gauri Lankesh Murder Street Drama Misrepresented as Real Violence

As soon as the video came to our knowledge, we tried to find if the claims are true or false. Then we did a reverse image search of some key frames from the viral video on Google which led us to a facebook post dated 8 September 2017 on an account named “Dyfi Kalikavu MC”. According to the facebook post. The video is related to a street drama based on the murder case of journalist Gauri Lankesh, who was assassinated in Bengaluru on September 5, 2017.

Gauri Lankesh Murder Street Drama Misrepresented as Real Violence

The claims being circulated on social media are false and self-invented.

Intent

Influencers are circulating old videos of street drama with misleading claims,. To set their narrative based on religion to create communal disharmony in the country.

Conclusion

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