A few days ago, a video began circulating on social media, depicting a group of armed men in uniforms. The video’s caption claimed that Kuki militants were openly roaming with sophisticated weapons, fueling concerns about potential violence and instability in the violence-hit Manipur. The video was initially circulated by many users, such as @KhumujamAbung. However, a closer examination of the situation reveals a different truth.
Upon investigation, it was discovered that the video in question had been originally uploaded to a YouTube channel in 2021. The channel, named “Ahahsa e Pakai Gospel Albums Shooting,” titled the video “December 30, 2020.” Further scrutiny uncovered that the footage was, in fact, from a music album shooting titled AHAHSA E PAKAI.
Misinformation and Manipulation
Propaganda accounts are disseminating outdated videos of music album shoots, falsely presenting them as recent incidents of violence in Manipur. This deliberate misinformation appears to be aimed at exacerbating the ongoing tensions within the state. By promoting baseless claims, certain actors seek to sow discord and disharmony among different communities. Their primary objective seems to revolve around creating instability in the already troubled region of Manipur. These propaganda channels exploit emotions, fostering disunity among the populace, and are clearly attempting to manipulate public opinion, resulting in disruption.
Furthermore, these misleading tactics are intended to tarnish the image of Manipur’s current BJP-led government. The misinformation campaign suggests that the state administration is ineffective in quelling violence and maintaining security. By framing the government as powerless, the propagators of false information aim to erode public trust and confidence in the leadership. This concerted effort to distort reality not only threatens to worsen the existing challenges in Manipur but also reveals a larger agenda of exploiting public sentiment to further personal or political interests.
The recent incident involving the misrepresentation of an old music album video as evidence of armed militants roaming Manipur’s streets serves as a stark reminder of the potency of misinformation. By staying informed and united, the people of Manipur can thwart attempts to manipulate their perceptions and maintain harmony within their communities. Following comprehensive analysis and meticulous fact-checking, our team has investigated the claim. You can refer to the findings of this inquiry in the Twitter thread embedded below.
Claim: A video circulated on social media depicts Kuki militants openly roaming with sophisticated weapons in Manipur.
Fact: The video being circulated as Kuki militants with sophisticated weapons is actually outdated footage from a music album shoot, used to propagate false claims and disrupt communal harmony.
In our pursuit of accurate and unbiased information, we’ve diligently fact-checked the claims surrounding the incident. Misinformation can sow discord and disrupt communal harmony. Your support matters greatly in our mission to foster an informed and united society. Together, let’s strive to make India and Indians proud, upholding truth and unity. Jai Hind.