Sharing some pictures on social media, users are claiming that Muslims have set Hindu shops on fire. Meanwhile, a Facebook user named Utpal Saha wrote in Bengali, “Popadiya Union of Boakhali Subdistrict. Ward no. 5 shops were burnt to ashes near Kadhurkhil High School last night at 3 pm. Shop Owner, Ronnie Dey, Dolon, Parimal Dev Nath. 3 goats in the shop with a fridge
Everything in the shop got burnt. who did it what’s the matter she knows all. rather enjoy the news and have breakfast. August 4th Thursday 2022 ENG Har Har Mahadev❣️Hare Krishna❣️Jai Shri Ram.”
To check the viral claim, the DFRAC desk first applied a reverse image search on the viral images. During this, a viral picture was found on the website ‘chatogramnews’ which has been used in the news published on 2nd August 2022. It has been told in this news that- ‘A major fire broke out near Kadhurkhali Government High School at around 4 am on Tuesday (August 2) in Chittagong’s Bolkhali. Five shops and three goats were burnt to ashes.
The news quoted the Boalkhali fire service as saying that the fire was caused by an electrical short circuit at around 4 am on Tuesday (August 2).
According to the report of Bangladeshi website ctgkhobor, ‘shops of Mohammed Muharram Ali, Mohammad Ronnie, Mohammad Karim, Parimal and Dolan were burnt in the accident.
Therefore, it is clear from this DFRAC fact check that there was a massive fire in Boalkhali, Bangladesh due to an electrical short circuit, in this incident the shops of Muslims including the shops of Hindus were also burnt to ashes, so the viral claim of the users is misleading.
Claim: Hindu shops are being burnt in Bangladesh
Claimed by: Social Media Users
Fact Check: Misleading