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Unrelated old video from Myanmar shared as visuals of militants shooting at a woman in Manipur


A video is being shared on social media claiming it as the recent visuals of militants brutally assaulting & shooting a woman in Manipur. Sharing the video, the post claims that both the Narendra Modi government and the media in the country are turning a blind eye to the violence in Manipur. Let’s verify the claim made in the post.

Claim: Recent video of militants brutally shooting at a woman in Manipur.

Fact: The video shared in the post shows an old incident that took place in Tamu town in Myanmar. In June 2022, a battalion of People Defence Forces (PDF) militant group in Tamu brutally assaulted a young woman and shot her to death under suspicion of her being a military informant. The video has nothing to do with the recent violence in Manipur. Hence, the claim made in the post is False.

On reverse image search of the screenshots of the video, an extended version of the video showing similar visuals was found published by a website in December 2022. This site published the video stating it is the visuals of a brutal assault on a woman in Myanmar. When we searched for the details of the video using relevant keywords, a screengrab of the video was found in an article published by the ‘DVB’ news site on 08 December 2022. This site reported it is a screengrab of a video showing the brutal murder of a young woman in Tamu town in Myanmar.

Reporting the complete details of the incident, several news agencies published articles and videos in December 2022. They can be seen here, here, and here. As per the reports, In June 2022, a 24-year-old woman was brutally assaulted, forced to confess to being a military informant, and later shot dead by the 4th Batallion of the People Defence Forces (PDF) in Tamu.

When the video went viral on social media in December 2022, the National Unity Government (NUG) in Myanmar assured that they would take action against the militants who killed the young woman in Tamu. Later, NUG announced that they had detained 2 male and 1 female soldier involved in the killing of the young woman. From all these pieces of evidence, it can be concluded that the video shared in the post is old and has nothing to do with the ongoing violence in Manipur.

To sum it up, an unrelated old video from Myanmar is falsely shared as the visuals of militants assaulting a young woman in Manipur.


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