The political situation in West Bengal has become volatile after the result of the 2019 general election. According to some media reports, a BJP worker was killed in post-poll violence in the state. In the midst of all this, Madhya Pradesh Congress tweeted via its official Twitter handle, “BJP had got its workers killed in West Bengal, 11 Bajrang Dal members arrested…”(translation). Along with this tweet, a link to an article which appeared on Daily Hunt, was also shared.

This write-up has been shared with the identical narrative by several Facebook and Twitter users. It was also posted on the official Facebook page of INC Madhya Pradesh.

पश्चिम बंगाल मे बीजेपी ने ही करायी थी अपने कार्यकर्ता की हत्या, बजरंग दल के 11 कार्यकर्ता गिरफ्तार..!

हैरान मत होईये…

Posted by Indian National Congress – Madhya Pradesh on Tuesday, June 11, 2019


This claim about the murder of BJP workers at the hands of 11 Bajrang Dal members, is based on an incident which had taken place in 2018. An article related to this had appeared in NewsHunt (DailyHunt) on June 4, 2018. This report had been published by ANI as well, but it was later removed.

According to a report by NewsLaundry, the arrest of Bajrang Dal members was related to violence at Ram Navami, and not over the murder of BJP workers. ANI had told NewsLaundry that the article published by it was factually incorrect and hence, was taken off.

Times of India and Deccan Chronicle too had published reports related to the incident, which were later removed.

The claim by Madhya Pradesh Congress, that 11 Bajrang Dal members were arrested for the murder of BJP workers, is incorrect and based on an erroneous report which was later taken down. Moreover, the incident of the arrest of Bajrang Dal members is old, yet being shared currently on social media with a new, false narrative.

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Kinjal Parmar holds a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology. However, her keen interest in journalism, drove her to pursue journalism from the Indian Institute of Mass Communication. At Alt News since 2019, she focuses on authentication of information which includes visual verification, media misreports, examining mis/disinformation across social media. She is the lead video producer at Alt News and manages social media accounts for the organization.