A video of a man giving a speech to a crowd is currently viral on social media. Describing the video as recent, several users have claimed that the video was from Bengaluru where Muslims were planning a “complete boycott of Hindus”. Verified user @ByRakeshSimha tweeted this video with the same claim. (Archive)
Bengaluru: Muslims planning complete boycott of Hindus. “We must swear by prophet Muhammad and his children that we Momins will not get petrol at Hindu pumps, buy medicine from Hindu shops, or ride in their vehicles. If you boycott Hindus, then Allah will allow us into jannat.” pic.twitter.com/kVHm2kIayE
— Rakesh Krishnan Simha (@ByRakeshSimha) June 29, 2023
@ByRakeshSimha’s tweet was viewed close to 4.5 lakh times and retweeted over 3,500 times.
User @Ashtalakshmi8 claimed that Muslims wanted to ‘break Hindus’. “Think 20% Jihadists threatening 80%. What if Hindus turn the tables”, they wrote, urging the Hindus to ‘wake up’. Their tweet garnered over 1.5 lakh views and almost 3,000 retweets (Archive).
Banglore MusIms decide not to buy anything from Hindus. “We have 5 years power, don’t buy petrol in Hindu pumps, don’t take medicine in Hindu shops” They want to break Hndus. Think 20% Jihadists threatening 80 %. What if Hindus turn the tables Jaago Sanathana🚩 pic.twitter.com/NmduDVsS3M
— Ashtalakshmi 🇮🇳 (@Ashtalakshmi8) June 29, 2023
Lawyer Shashank Shekhar Jha also tweeted the video with the same claim. He wrote, “In Bengaluru, Islamists are boycotting businesses of Hindus after Congress came into power”. The tweet is now deleted. (Archive)
Verified user @MrSinha_ quote-tweeted @ByRakeshSimha’s tweet and wrote, “I’ve literally no issue with it, it’s their right. They’re free to do business with whomever they want to. My only problem is when Hindus do the same, these same people start crying for IsIamophobia” (Archive). User @gvnair91 also tweeted the video with the same claim. Their tweet also garnered over 1,000 likes and was retweeted almost a thousand times (Archive).
The video is also viral on Facebook with the same claim.
Alt News also received several fact-check requests for the video on its WhatsApp helpline.
We found that the same video had gone viral in March 2023 as well, with users claiming that a Maulana in Barmer, Rajasthan, had urged Muslims not to buy anything from the shops of Jats, Gujjars and Chaudharys, nor sit in their vehicles. User @ajaychauhan41 had tweeted the video with this claim. (Archive)
आज राजस्थान के अंदर बाड़मेर में मौलाना ने फतवा जारी किया है कि जाट, गुर्जर,चौधरीयों से कोई समान कोई भी वस्तू ना खरीदें साथ ही इनकी किसी भी गाड़ी में ना बैठें…
यह जमात के लोग पूरे भारत की मस्जिदों में घूम घूम कर मुसलमानों को इकट्ठा करके इस तरह का फतवा देते रहे हैं pic.twitter.com/cq5xtk3cnf
— हम लोग We The People (@ajaychauhan41) March 14, 2023
Replying to their tweet, the official handle of Barmer Police had refuted the claims and said that the video is from 2019, shot in the village Bhojaria under the Bijrad Police Station. On 28.6.2019, one person had died and three were injured due to an accident in Gagaria village, under police station Ramsar.
1/1 उक्त वीडियो ग्राम भोजारिया पुलिस थाना बिजराड का 2019 का है। पुलिस थाना रामसर के गागरिया गांव में पेट्रोल पंप के सामने दिनांक 28.6.2019 को एक प्राइवेट बस से एक्सीडेंट होने से एक व्यक्ति की मृत्यु एवं तीन व्यक्ति घायल हो गए थे।
— Barmer Police (@Barmer_Police) March 15, 2023
In protest against the incident, the relatives of the deceased made the demands at the funeral. At this time, this speech was made by a relative of the deceased. Police action had been taken as per the rules, according to Barmer Police.
1/2 इस घटना के विरोध में मृतक के परिजनों द्वारा उनके घर पर जनाजे के दौरान विरोध प्रदर्शन के दौरान मांगे की गई थी गई थी। उसी दौरान मृतक के परिजन द्वारा इस तरह का भाषण भी दिया गया था। तत्समय नियमानुसार कार्यवाही की गई थी।
— Barmer Police (@Barmer_Police) March 15, 2023
Taking a cue from this, we spoke with the SHO of the Binjrad Police Station who corroborated Barmer Police’s statement. “In 2019, there was an accident involving a bus in which a Muslim person died. The owner of that bus also owns a petrol pump. The man in the viral video is talking about boycotting the owner of the bus and his other business establishments, not the entire Hindu community. The speech was given at the residence of the deceased on the day of his last rites”, he told us. The SHO additionally informed us that the deceased was not financially well off and the bus owner was asked to support the victim’s family, which the latter refused. Thus, this speech was made in protest.
Alt News also accessed a copy of the FIR on the alleged accident. The name of the accused is mentioned as Mathararam, son of Balaram Meghwal. the name of the complainant is Sher Mohammaed.
We also found Facebook posts from 2019 containing this video. The following video was posted on Facebook on July 3, 2019.
To sum up, following an accident in Rajasthan’s Barmer district in June 2019, in which a Muslim person died, calls were made at his last rites for the economic boycott of the accused driver and his business establishments. A clip of the speech is now viral with the false claim that it is from Bengaluru where Muslims are calling for the economic boycott of Hindus.
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