A few days ago, various social media posts started circulating, featuring a video of a young girl speaking to the media about the demolition of her house. The captions accompanying these posts claimed that the young girl, a poor Muslim from Haryana, was crying about the demolition of her house by authorities in connection with the recent Nuh violence. However, our in-depth investigation reveals that these claims are far from accurate. The viral video in question is not recent, and it has no connection to the recent Nuh violence. The video actually originates from Delhi and captures the aftermath of a demolition drive conducted by authorities in June 2023. The houses that were torn down were identified as illegal structures, prompting the authorities to take action. The video circulated online was used out of context, wrongly associating it with the current events in Haryana.
The accounts responsible for circulating this misinformation exhibit a pattern of propagating biased content against the government and are often indulged in targeting the Modi-led BJP. These accounts include names like Srishti Kanwar (@SrishtiKanwar22), Shuja (@shuja_2006), and @HateDetectors. Only Srishti Kanwar abstained from deleting her tweets after being publically exposed on social media.
Our further investigations revealed that the video was originally uploaded by India Today’s associated channel, The Lallantop, over a month ago. The video documented the demolition of makeshift encroached homes near Vasant Kunj in Delhi. These structures were illegally built on government-owned land, which was subsequently allocated to the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) for crucial emergency operations. And the ‘specific’ video was recorded aftermath of the protests.
By spreading false claims, certain individuals appear to have the intention of sowing disagreement and lack of harmony among various communities. Their main motive seems to be generating turmoil in the Nuh area of Haryana. These deceptive posts involve sharing outdated videos, inaccurately portraying them as recent events. Such propaganda accounts seek to inflame emotions, encouraging disagreement among the general public. This is an effort to manipulate public sentiment and cause disruption. 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 young Muslim girl talks to the media about her pain after her house gets demolished in Nuh, Haryana.
FACT: Misleading, this is an old video from Delhi and has been wrongly linked to the recent violence in Nuh.
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.