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2017 video from West Bengal is being shared with a false narrative

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A post with a video is being widely shared on social media with a claim that it shows BJP leaders being beaten in Northeast India during their door-to-door campaign in favour of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), NRC (National Register of Citizens) and National Population Register (NPR). Let’s analyze the claim made in the post.

The archived version of the post can be found here.

Claim: BJP leaders being beaten in Northeast India during their door-to-door campaign in favour of CAA, NRC and NPR.

Fact: The video is of West Bengal BJP workers being heckled in Darjeeling allegedly by rebel Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) workers, in 2017. So, the video has nothing to do with the recent CAA, NRC and NPR issues. Hence, the claim is FALSE.

In the video, men wearing BJP scarfs can be seen being attacked and the vehicles in the premises have the registration of West Bengal State. So, when searched on Google with keywords ‘BJP leaders attacked in West Bengal’, many search results were obtained. A news video of ‘Republic TV’ had similar visuals. This news video had the timestamp as ‘October 5, 2017’ and it reported that West Bengal BJP President Dilip Ghosh and other BJP leaders were heckled by a rebel group of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) in Darjeeling during a public meeting. The group was of the supporters of expelled GJM leader Tamang. More information about the incident can be read here.

To summarize, a 2017 video from WB is being shared with false narrative – ‘BJP leaders beaten in NE during a campaign in favour of CAA, NRC and NPR’.

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