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Facebook post claims TMC’s Muslim men smashed Vidyasagar bust, but it’s from Iraq

The original picture has nothing to do with the West Bengal violence, but is of ISIS militants destroying ancient Iraqi artifacts. 

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New Delhi: A couple of pictures were shared on Facebook Thursday to wrongly claim that Muslim workers of Trinamool Congress vandalised the statue of Bengali polymath Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar during the violence that took place in West Bengal earlier this week.

The picture shows bearded men smashing statues and the caption reads: “It can be seen clearly in CCTV footage that Muslims of the TMC are breaking the statue of Vidyasagar. #Filthypolitics of Mamata Banerjee.”

The post has been shared over 260 times till the filing of this report, and is also doing the rounds on WhatsApp.

Fact check

The picture has nothing to do with the violence in West Bengal. The statues, shown smashed in the picture, were actually ancient artifacts of Iraq, and those breaking them were not Trinamool Congress workers, but ISIS militants.

The Guardian had put out an article regarding the incident in 2015 and used the same picture that has now gone viral.

Another difference is the fact that it was only a bust of Vidyadsagar that was smashed in the violence, but the picture shows multiple statues being vandalised.

The post comes in the aftermath of the violence during BJP president Amit Shah’s rally in Kolkata. Clashes broke out between BJP and Trinamool Congress supporters, during which the bust of Vidyasagar was vandalised, leading to ugly blame game between both sides.

Kolkata will vote Sunday in the seventh and final phase of the Lok Sabha elections.

In collaboration with SM HoaxSlayer

Also readVidyasagar statue vandalism in Bengal isn’t just about ideology. It’s a TMC-BJP power war


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  1. Are aunty ye Jo BBC wale video chal raha hai ki masjid see announcement ho raha hai Hindu ko village chhod ke Jane ka uska bhi fact check Kar lo, aur agar sahi hai to report hi Kar do ek, ya seclurism kahtre me as jayega usse..
    Waise BJP wale Mamta ke fan honge ki bas vidyasagar hi ki murti todi Mamta ka poster ko chuua Tak nahi..

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