A claim went viral on social media soon after the row at NIT Srinagar. Social media users are claiming that a “complete shutdown was observed in Kashmir on 1st Dec, 2023, against NIT Srinagar student for posting derogatory video.”
Users who are sharing the claim
The major users sharing the claim were found to be from Pakistan. Furthermore, media outlets from Pakistan also shared a similar claim.
The DFRAC team investigated the viral claim. We found no media reports published regarding any such announcements of Shutdown.
Furthermore, we found a video posted by The Kashmir Connect (@KASHMICO), a Jammu & Kashmir digital news platform, where it can be seen that no shutdown is being conducted. In the video, it can be heard that ‘no protest or band is supported by Kashmiri people and the city is functioning as normal’.
NIT Srinagar Incident
A formal investigation has been initiated against the NIT student in connection to the incident of posting a derogatory video, as informed by IGP Kashmir VK Birdi. You can read our detailed fact-check about the incident here.
Thus, from the fact check, it is evident that it is a fake claim. It is merely circulated with the intention of provoking unrest and promoting hatred.