At least two misleading videos are currently viral on social media and WhatsApp with the claim that Indian Muslims celebrated Pakistan’s victory over India in Champion’s trophy. While one of the videos is from Pakistan, the other video is many months old and was shot in Vadodara, Gujarat. They are being circulated stating these celebrations happened in Delhi, Vadodara and Mira Road in Mumbai.

One of the prominent right-wing Twitter account that circulated the fake video from Vadodara claiming that Indian Muslims were celebrating Pakistan’s win is Sonam Mahajan (@AsYouNotWish). She has now deleted her misleading tweet.

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Sonam Mahajan’s account had recently been suspended by Twitter. The suspension was later revoked after a right-wing backlash. Prominent right-wing websites and supporters such as OpIndia, Raveena Tandon, Madhur Bhandarkar had extended support to her. Is Twitter going to ignore her action of circulating a fake video with a hateful message?

The video has been shared extensively on Facebook as well. A page called Bajrang Dal (unofficial) even edited the video to a misleading text to the video, “Indian Muslims celebrating India’s loss to Pakistan in Delhi“.

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This video initially became viral as Muslim youth celebrating Pakistan’s victory in Vadodara, Gujarat and was circulated immediately after India’s loss.

In reality, this video has been around on social media for many months and has got nothing to do with Pakistan’s victory over India in Champion’s trophy. This same video was posted on Youtube on March 15, 2017. This original video without a watermark was posted on Instagram account of one Safwaan Khan with the hashtags #miabhai #ki #dairing #raees #safwaankhan. While the stunts carried out in the video cannot be appreciated, this video itself has got nothing to do with Pakistan’s victory. The flag which many alleged on social media as Pakistan’s flag is in reality the Islamic flag. The version of this video that has been available on Youtube since March 2017 can be seen below.

That the bridge in question is indeed the Akota-Dandiabazar Over Bridge in Vadodara can be seen in another Youtube video of the same bridge. While those who initially made the video viral might have specified the location correctly, but as pointed out earlier, it has got nothing to do with the Champion’s Trophy final. This video was first reported and debunked by SM Hoax Slayer.

The other video that is being made viral is of a hall full of kids and adults celebrating Pakistan’s victory and is being passed off as a celebration by Indian Muslims. A page called “We Support Arnab Goswami” has more than 11,000 shares for this video on their page.

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This video has also been posted on Youtube and Facebook multiple times.

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However, if one closely observes the logo of the TV channel which can be seen in this celebration video, you’ll see that the logo is that of PTV Sports. We have juxtaposed a PTV sports video available on Youtube with the screenshot of the viral video. While the video is grainy, a distinct resemblance can be seen in the logos. PTV’s broadcast is banned in India and hence this video is either of Pakistan or any other country where PTV is broadcasted.

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Also, the logo doesn’t remotely match that of any of the Indian sports channels which is an additional pointer to the fact that this video is not from India.

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A YouTube user has uploaded this video with the title, “Pakistani Dawoodi Bohra’s Celebration On Pakistan’s Win In Champions Trophy against India !” and it can be seen below.

While sports should ideally be watched for the entertainment value and the support of an individual or a group of people for a specific team should not be a reason to deride anyone, India-Pakistan matches are a different cup of tea due to historical reasons. Already, police action has been taken in atleast three states where certain individuals from the minority community have been arrested for allegedly celebrating Pakistan’s victory.

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The basic idea behind circulating these fake videos is to exploit these very emotions linked to an Indian-Pakistan cricket match and to propagate the idea that Indian Muslims are Anti-Indian/Pro-Pakistan. This sense of enmity that is created by the circulation of such fake videos is then used to further the ideology of Hindu majoritarianism so as to keep the ‘Anti-Indians’ at bay.

In the past as well, Alt News has debunked many fake videos which are often on the lines of Muslims killing Hindus (Links to some videos debunked by Alt News – 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7).
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13 Comments on "Multiple fake videos circulated on social media claiming Indian Muslims celebrated Pakistan’s victory"

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sachin
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It is very nice article and well researched. Really appreciative

Shaikh Azizur Rahman
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What the boys on the bike are carrying is not Pakistan’s national flag at all!

Tanzil
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In the time of fake identity and fake information, Kudos to Pratik that there is some hope to counter these fake machinery running to create unrest in India

Mrinal singh rajpoot
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Awesome Article yet again by Alt News Team.. Great going, I read and share all your Articles on WhatsApp.. You people are doing a great job 🙂

Huzefa M Husain
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Thank you Mr प्रतीक सिन्हा for this wonderful article which throws lights on the real facts and segregates the ill intentions aimed behind bringing disharmony amidst the citizens of our wonderful nation. I myself am a proud Dawoodi Bohra Indian citizen & it is disheartening to see fellow Indians coming to a wrong conclusion by watching the so called Mira Road Masjid celebrations. The video is from Sind Pakistan & yes our community members for sure are seen celebrating but it’s for their national side which isn’t an offense in any sense. Our community is widespread all across the globe… Read more »
NAVED YAR KHAN
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The creators of these fake videos are liable for the prosecution for the non bailable offences described and punishable under section 153A & B of IPC and also for abetting riots and also for causing injury to another person or persons.

C R Babu
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These fake mongers should be traced and hanged for unnecessary spreading of hate among citizens.

Speers111
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At least one media group is true to its substance when all other channels are lieing everyday for their bread and butter. Also how strange many people immediately believe on such videos and start giving comment without varifying it. Truely good work.

Anita Jay
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Pratik Sinha, can we ship you to Pakistan? You have a great future there as a free thinker!

C R Babu
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Anita Jay should be shifted to Siberia so that hate mongers are done away and restore the days of peace and harmony in India

vader
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can’t even appreciate a to the point and investigative journalism.

C R Babu
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Thank God we have people like Pratik Sinha to expose the dangerous Sanghi traitors. Otherwise these hate monger bastards would have created another divided India.

True Indian
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A hard blow to the jobless hate mongerers and fake news creators. Keep up the work of exposing all these bastards

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