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An old video is being shared with a false narrative – ‘people excluded from Assam NRC list are forcefully being evicted’

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A post with a video is being widely shared on Facebook with the claim that it shows people excluded from the Assam NRC list being forcefully evicted out of their houses. Let’s analyze the authenticity of the claim in the post.

The archived version of the post can be found here.

Claim: Video of people excluded from the Assam NRC list being forcefully evicted out of their houses

Fact: In 2017, as per a Guwahati High Court order, the Assam government has carried out an eviction drive in the area around Amchang Wildlife Sanctuary (Guwahati) as it was declared as an eco-sensitive zone (ECZ) by the Environment Ministry. The video in the post corresponds to an incident during that eviction drive. So, claim is FALSE.

The National Register of Citizens (NRC) is the list of Indian citizens in Assam. From the ‘DD News’ article, it was found that the final NRC list of Assam was published on 31 August 2019, and it had excluded 19 lakh people.

The video in the post had a watermark ‘DY365 Exclusive’. So, when searched on Facebook with that text, the official page of an Assamese News Channel ‘DY365’ was found. In the ‘videos’ section of that page, a longer version of this video was found. The video is posted in November 2017 and had the following description- ‘As the second day of eviction drive continues at Amchang Wildlife Sanctuary, an appalling incident took place at Kangkan Nagar. An angry protestor identified as Ismail Haque attacked a forest official with a sharp weapon amid the eviction. Security personnel jumped at him immediately and what followed next is…’.

From an article of ‘Wire’, it was found that, as per a Guwahati High Court order, the Assam government has carried out an eviction drive in the area around Amchang Wildlife Sanctuary as it was declared as an eco-sensitive zone (ECZ) by the Environment Ministry. So, the video in the post is related to an incident in 2017 and has nothing to do with the National Register of Citizens (NRC) Assam.

To sum it up, an old video is being shared with a false narrative – ‘people excluded from Assam NRC list are forcefully being evicted’.

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