A video of people vandalising a railway station has been shared on social media with the claim that the miscreants are Bangladeshi refugees and the incident took place in Kolkata. The accompanying caption reads, “This scene from Kolkata, these are Bangladesh Refugees, they don’t have any citizenship, if they dare to do this even without citizenship what happens after giving them Citizenship, God bless our Country.”
This scene from Kolkata, these are Bangladesh Refugees, they don’t have any citizenship, if they dare to do this even without citizenship what happens after giving them Citizenship, God bless our Country 🙏🏼
Posted by Rashmi R Chandra on Tuesday, 24 December 2019
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Video from Bangladesh
At certain points in the video, the name of the railway station ‘ব্রাহ্মণবাড়িয়া’ (Brahmanbaria) is visible. A quick Google search reveals that the station is located in Bangladesh.
A keyword search on Google – ‘Brahmanbaria railway station vandalism’ – led us reports by Bangladeshi media outlets in 2016. A similar image was found in Daily Sun which reported, “Six cases have been filed against some 5,000 people in connection with Tuesday’s violence in Brahmanbaria district town over the death of a madrasah student in a triangular clash.”
According to a January 13, 2016 report by The Daily Star, “Armed with bamboo sticks and iron rods, they [madrasa students] vandalised Brahmanbaria Railway Station, removed fishplates of railway tracks, ransacked an Awami League office and set fire to a police van, said witnesses.”
A three-year-old video from Bangladesh is therefore being shared on social media as Bangladeshi refugees vandalising a railway station in Kolkata, West Bengal