On Saturday the Kolkata Police said that they have arrested a who was sharing an image of a Bhojpuri film and passing it off as one from West Bengal's North 24 Parganas that has been hit by communal violence leaving at least one dead.
Social media users and fact checking website, since being shared like Alt News have pointed out that the still was taken from “Aurat Khilona Nahi” a Bhojpuri movie which was released in 2014.
Targeting the West Bengal government, among those who shared the image on social media. The person who shared the image was Vijeta Malik, an official of the BJP’s Haryana unit.
Today, at a press conference, Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee attacked the centre and blamed the BJP, its ideological mentor Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and other groups for the violence.
She said, “Action will be taken for spreading the fake video and pictures. The own course will be taken by the law. I congratulate the Bengal people for not getting trapped by those who are spreading rumours and communal hatred. Peace has been restored.”
She mentioned the Bhojpuri film image and another photograph of violence from Bangladesh being shared to provoke unrest.
On Monday Violence flared in Basirhat and Baduria and spread to other towns in the North 24 Parganas district after a Facebook post by a 17-year-old about Prophet Mohammad angered Muslims. The teen was arrested and has been sent to jail.
The West Bengal police have put out a series of tweets asking people not to be influenced by fake messages or posts on social media that are designed to create trouble.