Claim: A video has been going viral with a claim that it is of Muslims gathering in a mosque situated in Ahmedabad during the lock down and it also says if this is the situation, the lock down will extend past 3rd May and continue till Diwali. The caption attached is written in Gujarati and reads as follow:
The video has been doing rounds on Facebook and has been viewed and shared by multiple accounts.
Few have shared the same on Twitter.
અમદાવાદ ના જમાલપુર નો દ્રશ્ય
આ પરિસ્થિતિમાં 3 May શુ દિવાળી સુધી પણ લોકડાઉન નહીં ખુલે
આ સ્થિતિ માં કોરોના કાબુ મા કેમ આવે 👇🏻😢 pic.twitter.com/kqahxmnXaa
— Mihir Debnath (@MihirDe13435630) April 29, 2020
The video has also been widely circulated on WhatsApp.
The claim is not true. Upon conducting a key frame search of the viral video, it was found that it is a video dated back to 23rd March, 2020. The video is of people attending prayers at a mosque in Temkar Street, Dongri, Maharashtra and the police dispersing the crowd. 22nd March 2020 was the date of Janata Curfew and a section 144 was announced in the state of Maharashtra. On 23rd March, 2020 this incident occurred which was against Section 144 that prohibits more than 5 people to gather together. The police received information that around 100-150 people were offering namaz in a masjid which violated the orders in place to stop the spread of the corona virus. The video is of this incident. The lock down in India was announced on 24th March 2020 and started off on 25th March 2020. Tweets by people and video shared by the Mumbai Police were found through the search that proves this. Various publications like Deccan Herald, Mumbai Mirror and ABP Live have reported about the same.
Hence the claim that the video is from Jamalpur, Ahmedabad amidst the lock down is false. It is a month old video paired with a false message to deceive the audience.
Inspite of warning by cops people gathered in a mosque at Temkar Street (known as Chota Shakil wali galli) this evening. The cops then resorted to using sticks to disperse them. Seen here is my friend ACP @PIAvinashD on the job. https://t.co/EkvdCDiOju pic.twitter.com/61bmJZQDPW
— Jitendra Dixit /जीतेन्द्र दीक्षित (@jitendradixit) March 23, 2020
*Breaking Alert :-* Masjid closed down at Dongri just now by Local Police ,ACP Avinash Dharmadhikari on the Spot. pic.twitter.com/2mNQRirebB
— હર્મેશ જાદવ 🇮🇳 (@BeingHarmesh09) March 23, 2020
— Mumbai Mirror (@MumbaiMirror) March 23, 2020
Source: Mumbai Mirror
Source: Deccan Herald