Viral video of mob vandalising vehicles is not from Kanpur

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A video of mob violence is going viral on Social media with the claim that migrant labourers damaged vehicles near Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh.

A video is being shared with the caption: “Labourers attacking cars and buses near Kanpur. This is the start of civil war between have and have not. This is terrible. Now it seems it would be very dangerous to travel by road for anyone.”

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Labourers attacking cars and buses near kanpur.This is the start of civil war between have and have not. This is terrible. Now it seems it would be very dangerous to travel by road for anyone.

Posted by Ravi Malik on Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Many others also shared the video with the same claim.

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At the starting of the video, We spotted a red board on the roadside with “Shapar Veraval Industrial Association” written on it.

With the keywords search on Google Map and found that Shapar Veraval Industrial Association (SVIA) is situated near National Highway 27 in Gujarat.

We also found a PCR van with a Gujarat registration number starting with “GJ 18” at 53 seconds into the video.

With the keywords search on Google and we found several media reports related to the incident which took place on May 17.

According to the reports, The police arrested 29 migrant workers involved in damaging vehicles at Shapar industrial zone in Gujarat. Inspector General of Rajkot Range, Sandeep Singh said, “19 migrant workers were arrested in Shapar industrial zone incident.”The migrant workers ransacked vehicles in Shapar industrial area in Gujarat’s Rajkot after the cancellation of two ‘Shramik Special’ trains to Bihar and Uttar Pradesh.

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On the same day, in Uttar Pradesh too, hundreds of migrant labourers blocked NH-2 at Raipura Jat village in Mathura district for an hour after they were stopped from continuing their journey. The media also reported the same.

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This confirms that the viral video is not from Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh as is being claimed but Rajkot in Gujarat.

 

 

 


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Shweta Jamsandekar

An aspiring journalist from Symbiosis institute of media and communication.