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An old video from West Bengal is shared as a recent video of people reciting Azaan on a road in Mumbai

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A video is being shared widely on social media with a claim that it shows people reciting Azaan on a road in Mumbai as loudspeakers were not allowed. The video is shared in the context of the recent Azaan row in Maharashtra. Let’s fact-check the claim made in the post.

Claim: Recent video of people reciting Azaan on a road in Mumbai as loudspeakers were not allowed.

Fact: The video is an old one. It is on the internet at least from April 2020. Also, the signboards in the video show that the video was shot in Howrah (West Bengal), not in Mumbai (Maharashtra). Hence the claim made in the post is FALSE.

When the screenshots of the video were run through Google Reverse Image Search, many similar videos were found in the search results. The videos were found to be on the internet at least from April 2020. Some of the old posts can be seen here, here, and here. A Facebook user shared the same video in 2020 and mentioned that the video shows people reciting Azaan to ward off the disease. So, the posted video is an old one.

The shop addresses on the boards in the video show that the video was shot in Howrah (West Bengal), not in Mumbai (Maharashtra). One can see that it is written as ‘Howrah’ on a board at the back and the pin code of the shops starts with ‘7’. A doctor with the name N. Rai (Homeopathy) (his name can be seen on a board in the video) was found to have a clinic in Howrah.

Also, the ‘New Shimla Biryani’ shop (seen in the posted video) was found to be located in Howrah. 

To sum it up, an old video from West Bengal is shared as a recent video of people reciting Azaan on a road in Mumbai.

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