[Disclaimer: Viral video depicts extreme violence. Only screenshots are used as identifiers.]
Disturbing reports of communal violence in Bangladesh continue to unfold a series of targeted attacks against the minority Hindu community. On October 16, The Hindu reported that two Hindu men were killed in fresh violence in Begumganj, taking the death toll to six.
On October 15, ISKCON tweeted that its devotees were violently attacked and a temple was vandalised in Bangladesh’s Noakhali. As per The Indian Express, a devotee was killed by a mob in this incident. In the backdrop of this, a brutal video of a man being hacked to death by two men using sharp objects is circulating on social media.
Twitter user @Tweetbengalooru posted the video and claimed that it is from Noakhali. This tweet was also shared by @OsintUpdates. The video has been viewed over 18,000 times.
It was shared with the same claim by the following accounts – @MajiDevDutta, @DidYouKnowThis7, @dkkbsr, @Dk84ya, and @Sharma_Vinod1. Between just these five accounts the video was retweeted over 1,300 times.
Alt News has received several requests to fact-check this claim on our WhatsApp helpline number (+91 76000 11160).
Old video from Bangladesh shared with false claim
Reverse-searching the video’s stills did not yield any results. We reached out to Sohan Rahman, a fact-checking journalist associated with Bangladesh-based media outlet Rumor Scanner. Rahman identified the incident and shared a report from the month of May by YouTube channel Bilashi TV.
Bilashi TV has also not included the video in its report due to its violent nature. However, it has used a still from the viral video. The identical still can be spotted in the viral video.
As per Bilashi TV’s report, Shahin Uddin was murdered by Manik and Monir in Dhaka’s Pallabi area. He was taken to Shaheed Suhrawardy Medical College after the police arrived but the hospital declared him dead.
On May 16, Daily Star reported this incident. Kazi Wazed Ali, officer-in-charge of Pallabi police station, said that 40-year-old Uddin was attacked in front of his house around 4:45 pm and injured with lethal weapons, leaving him dead on the spot.
In a follow-up story, Daily Star reported that three more individuals were arrested in this case including MA Awal, a former lawmaker from Lakshmipur-1 constituency and leader of Bangladesh Tarikat Federation. Ali told Daily Star that Awal had a long-standing dispute over land with the victim.
An old video of a man’s brutal murder in Bangladesh has been shared as recent communal violence in Bangladesh. The attack did not have communal motivations, but was due to a land dispute.