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A video from Old Mustafabad is being shared online with the claim that the women protesters in Shaheen Bagh are being paid to protest. Find out the truth here.
Delhi Violence Relief Video Used to Malign Shaheen Bagh Protests

As Delhi witnessed violence over the contentious citizenship law, multiple unverified messages and videos have been circulating on social media with a claim that these protests are paid for.
This is just one of the many fake news stories which did the rounds before, during and after the violence in Delhi, with an intent to flare up communal tension.
The video, which shows women standing in a queue and receiving money, is being massively shared on social media with a claim that suggests that the incident happened in Shaheen Bagh, which has become the symbol of anti-CAA protests.
However, The Quint’s WebQoof team found out that the video is neither from Shaheen Bagh nor are the women being paid to protest.
The video was shared by the likes of television commentator Tarek Fatah on Twitter, alleging that the video from Delhi “speaks for itself”.
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Governor of Meghalaya Tathagata Roy also shared the video with a similar claim.
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The video has also surfaced on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.

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During the course of our investigation, we found that the video is from Old Mustafabad area in northeast Delhi and the women, who had moved to this locality after the violence in Shiv Vihar, were being given relief material. So, where does the money come in from?
Let’s take a look at all the claims one by one.
1. Not Shaheen Bagh, But Old Mustafabad
While searching for the video online, we came across a story titled, ‘In riot-hit Delhi areas, long queues for food, ration, many open kitchens to others’, published in The Indian Express on 1 March 2020. While the story wasn’t from the same locality, the reporter put us in touch with relief workers who are helping the victims of Delhi violence.
The relief worker, who has requested anonymity, told us that the area shown in the video is Old Mustafabad. We further came across a Facebook post by a social activist from Chennai, Chandra Mohan, who visited the same area.


Mohan told us that the area in question is ‘Gali Number 9 in Old Mustafabad’s Babu Nagar Area’.
The Quint too visited the same area and we can confirm that the video was shot in Old Mustafabad’s Gali Number 9 as opposed to the claims of Shaheen Bagh in the viral posts.
We could match multiple visual similarities which prove that the video is from Old Mustafabad and not Shaheen Bagh.
Comparison to show the drain running through the street. 
Comparison to show the drain running through the street. (Source: YouTube/The Quint)
We could also match the brick wall in the background and the helmet lying in the garbage dump.
Comparison to show the brick wall and the helmet in the garbage dump. 
Comparison to show the brick wall and the helmet in the garbage dump. (Source: YouTube/The Quint)
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Further, Old Mustafabad is nearly 30 kilometres away from Shaheen Bagh.
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2. Were the Women Paid to Protest?
We also spoke to Shahzad Malik, the local entrepreneur in Old Mustafabad, who was seen distributing the money in the viral video. On being questioned about the video, Malik told us that he gave money to women who had come from Shiv Nagar after their houses were burnt or attacked following the violence in Delhi.
“Some relief material had come from Jamia and we made an announcement about it. Several women came to take it. But after the supplies got over, some women were left out . So I gave them Rs 500. I didn’t know that something I did to help them will backfire like this,” he added.
Malik stays in the house outside which the video was shot after the relief material got over and he distributed money.
Shahzad Malik, the local entrepreneur in Old Mustafabad, who was seen distributing the money in the viral video.
Shahzad Malik, the local entrepreneur in Old Mustafabad, who was seen distributing the money in the viral video.(Photo: Divya Chandra/The Quint)
We also got in touch with Saira, a resident of the same area, who shot the video. Saira stays on the first floor of Malik’s house and she told us that the incident happened on 28 February and the viral video was indeed shot by her.
“When the ration got over, several women started crying. So Shahzad bhai felt bad and distributed Rs 500 notes to them,” she added.
(Source: YouTube/Divya Chandra)
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Past Cases of Fake News Around Delhi Violence
Fake messages and videos were used to incite communal violence before, during and after the Delhi unrest. The Quint has debunked several such claims made in the past.
Amid the violence, video of a mosque being vandalised in Delhi’s Ashok Nagar area started doing the rounds on social media. The video showed men climbing on top of the mosque’s minaret, carrying a saffron flag and the tricolour, and vandalising it amid cheers and shouting in the background.
To counter this narrative, some social media users started propagating that the video was from ‘Samastipur in Bihar’ and that it was old. The Quint visited the location and found that Badi Masjid, located in Gali Number 5 of Ashok Nagar, was burnt and vandalised. According to eyewitnesses and those living near the mosque, houses of locals around it were also looted and gutted.
Further, the photograph of a gun-wielding man in Delhi’s Jaffrabad was circulated on social media with a claim that his real name is not ‘Shahrukh,’ as reported, but Anurag Mishra.
Some social media users also shared his photograph with the claim that he was the same man seen in BJP leader Kapil Mishra’s video. Mishra, who was present at a pro-CAA rally in Maujpur on 23 February, had given a three-day ultimatum to Delhi Police, adding that if the roads are not cleared in the next three days, they will ‘take charge of the situation’.
However, the man who who fired shots in Jaffrabad is neither Anurag Mishra, nor he is the same man seen in Kapil Mishra’s video.
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The Claim
The new strain of coronavirus that originated in Wuhan, China, has been spreading rapidly across countries. As the 2019-nCoV continues to affect thousands of people, viral and unverified claims about its treatment and cure are being shared all over social media.
The latest claim is that weed or cannabis can kill the novel coronavirus and save those who are infected by it.



The claim has been shared widely, including by Bollywood filmmaker Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri.


The Truth
At the onset, it must be clear that scientists and doctors are still figuring out ways to treat 2019-nCoV. Researchers are in the early stages of understanding the potentially dangerous strain of virus which has never been encountered in humans before. Efforts to develop a vaccine are ongoing, but a new vaccine will probably take months, or even years to come into actual use.
In a few cases, antiviral drugs conventionally used against HIV, flu or Ebola have helped show improvement. But experts are still wary of considering them a universally applicable and proven course of treatment. China is in the process of conducting clinical trials of these medicines.
So can any claims be made about a plant being a possible ‘killer’ of the virus?
FIT spoke to Dr Suranjit Chatterjee, Senior Consultant - Internal Medicine at Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals.
“There is absolutely no scientific evidence to believe any such claims. We are still figuring out the virus. Until solid research is conducted, there is no reason to go by these statements.”
Dr Suranjit Chatterjee
Dr Sumit Ray is a Senior Consultant, Critical Care Medicine. Speaking to FIT, he said, “Cannabinoids are useful for stress, pain relief and anti-nausea. They have been part of many cultures, not just in Indian. But, there is no evidence to suggest that it has anti-viral activity.”
Therefore, these claims are devoid of any scientific basis and must not be believed without prior verification.
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FIT WebQoof: Did Coronavirus Come From Chicken?
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UPDATED: 04.02.20
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Claim:
Fear-mongering and fake news around Coronavirus is spreading fast. Much is still unknown about the virus, so a lot of false claims about it are quickly emerging to fill in the gaps - the problem is, these do more harm than good.
Its origin has been hotly debated in the scientific community. Earlier studies had indicated the source could be snakes, but that theory is now being questioned.
FIT has previously debunked claims that cold drinks and ice-cream or spicy food can make you susceptible to coronavirus.
The latest viral message on social media is that broiler chicken is the source of the deadly virus.




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What We Know So Far:
  • The new strain of coronavirus, called Novel Coronavirus since it is the first time it has appeared in humans, originated in Wuhan, China.
  • Although the most number of cases - 20,000 infected and 425 fatalities - have been in Wuhan, China, it has spread globally with multiple countries reporting multiple infections of coronavirus with some confirming human-to-human transmission.
  • In India, 3 confirmed cases have been reported from Kerala.
SARS, MERS, nCov: Who is in the Coronavirus Family?

Coronaviruses are a family of viruses known for containing strains that cause potentially deadly diseases in mammals and birds, and humans to a lesser extent. In humans they're typically spread via airborne droplets of fluid produced by infected individuals.
The latest Novel Coronavirus (nCov) is a new strain to be encountered in humans. Other versions or strains of the virus were the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and the Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS), and even the common cold.
The Link Between Animals and Previous Viruses
Now, the misunderstanding over the original probably stems from the confusion within the family of coronavirus -
  • SARS and avian flu were transmitted from birds and
  • MERS was believed to have originated from bats and then spread from camels according to WHO.
Animal and human transmission has resulted in spreading many infectious diseases in the past.
As of Monday, 3 February, the latest development is that nCov may have originated from bats according to two studies published in the journal Nature.
In the first study, the researchers carried out a genome sequence of the virus associated with the respiratory disease outbreak in China, isolated from a patient working in the seafood market linked to the initial cases.
The study found that the virus was closely related to a group of SARS-like coronaviruses previously identified in bats in China. However, this research was conducted from the fluid sample by one patient and more analysis is required before a link is established, reported PTI.
The study in the journal Nature did find that the new coronavirus is a distant cousin of SARS, sharing almost 80% of its genetic sequence, reported Bloomberg.
It is also important to wait for further research and confirmation because even if bats are the original animal for the virus, confirmation that they are the same animal responsible for its spread and ensuing pandemic is needed.
The rapid spread of the disease could be due to the open-air, crowded ‘wet’ Chinese markets in Wuhan that sell live meat, fish and animals.
Authorities in Wuhan, China banned the trade of live animals at wet markets, reported Business Insider.
The specific market where the outbreak began, the Huanan Seafood Market, was shut on 1 January.
But does this mean you need to fear all animals, even your beloved pets? WHO says that there is no current evidence that house animals like dogs or cats could be infected with the new coronavirus. They still advise to practice basic hygiene and wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water after contact with pets.
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So, is Chicken Linked With nCov?
So far, the source for the current nCov remains unknown, with officials stating that they are working on finding the exact source but nothing is confirmed as of yet.
CDDEP director, Ramanan Laxminarayan adds,
“I am not aware of any scientific evidence linking broiler meat in India and the coronavirus.”

There has been no official confirmation of a link between chicken and nCov - and no source for nCov has been found as yet. However, WHO has said that they are looking into animal sources to find the origin but there is no clarity on what the animal is.
What we do know for sure is that a definite way for this to spread is by close human contact with an infected person.
In a previous FIT article, Dr Sumit Ray is a senior consultant, Critical Care Medicine advised,
“Close human contact through air or touch needs to be avoided. It can spread via coughing, sneezing, or touching common areas that have germs left by an infected person. This is why washing hands regularly is very important after touching door knobs, taps or any surfaces, especially those that are of public use.’

The latest findings, as reported by PTI, suggest that the most likely route of transmission is through the airways of individuals, although the researchers note that other possible routes may be possible, and more patient data is needed to investigate the transmission routes further.
In short, the claim of nCov being originated and spread through broiler chicken is false.
(With inputs from PTI)

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A collage of pictures is being circulated on social media with a false claim that a restaurant in Coimbatore is making biryani for Hindus ‘laced with tablets that makes one impotent’. Here's the truth.
Biryani Laced With Drugs for Hindus? No, Photos Are Unrelated (Biryani Laced With Drugs for Hindus? No, Photos Are Unrelated)

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A collage of pictures is being circulated on social media with a claim that a restaurant based in Coimbatore is making biryani for Hindus ‘laced with tablets that makes one impotent’.
The message which is being widely circulated on WhatsApp, Twitter and Facebook reads, “Biryani is cooked in separate vessels for Muslims and Hindus. The Biryani for Hindus is laced with tablets that makes one impotent. Restaurant in Coimbatore called Masha Allah of Rehman Bismillah was caught selling such Biryani. Beware! They’re getting at you in every possible way.”
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Many users shared the message on Facebook with the same claim.


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WHAT’S THE TRUTH?

On conducting a reverse image search on the pictures in the post we found out that the pictures were unrelated and old.
The first picture of of a man with biryani could be found in a video which was posted by a channel called ‘Street Foodie Official’ which was posted on 30 June, 2016.

The picture was used as the thumbnail for the video.
The second image of the medicines which has been used in the post is an old image and it shows illegal drugs worth Rs 4 million which were recovered from an elderly man and his son in Colombo. The images were used in an article which was published on Daily Mirror Online in May, 2019.
Further, the Twitter handle of Coimbatore City Police refuted any such claim and asked users to refrain from sharing fake news.

Clearly, a set of unrelated and old pictures have been shared online with a false communal narrative.




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Corona virus: Has Vladimir Putin left 800 lions and tigers on the streets to keep people locked in homes?

March 23, 2020

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Coronavirus has caused worldwide outrage. Every day hundreds of people are dying. Cities in many countries have been locked down. Meanwhile, a message from Russia is going viral on social media. It is claimed that President Vladimir Putin is appealing to people to stay in homes due to Coronavirus, but people are not agreeing. So they have left 800 lions and tigers on the roads there.


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This message of Putin is spreading like a wildfire on different social media. People are sharing it on different platforms. On Twitter, someone shared a message that Putin gave two options to the people of Russia, either they stayed in homes for two weeks or in jail for 5 years. There is no middle ground. People have not left the house, so they have left 800 lions and tigers on the streets.

Russia vulnerable to Coronavirus

Let us know that there have been more than 300 cases of coronavirus in Russia. While one has also died. The coronavirus is spreading rapidly in many parts of the country.

When these social media messages were investigated, it was found that it is fake. The photo of the lion that is going viral is actually four years old. This picture was published in the Daily Mail in the year 2016 and it is from Africa. Four years ago, a lion came on the road. So beware of such fake messages.


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Paws at the traffic lights! Giant male lion is seen prowling around the streets of South Africa's biggest city (but it's not as dangerous as you'd think)
  • The big cat was seen prowling around a residential area in Johannesburg
  • But residents were reassured lion, called Columbus, was not on the loose
  • The tame animal had been borrowed by a local production crew for filming
By JULIAN ROBINSON FOR MAILONLINE

PUBLISHED: 12:16 GMT, 15 April 2016 | UPDATED: 12:34 GMT, 15 April 2016

This is the moment a giant male lion was spotted strolling down the streets of South Africa's biggest city in the middle of the night.
The big cat was seen prowling around a residential area in Johannesburg and at one point clambered up to rest its front legs on the back of a car.
But residents were later reassured that the lion, called Columbus, was not on the loose - and had been brought in by a production crew for filming.

Pictures captured the moment a giant male lion was spotted strolling down the streets of South Africa's biggest city in the middle of the night




Pictures captured the moment a giant male lion was spotted strolling down the streets of South Africa's biggest city in the middle of the night

The big cat was seen prowling around a residential area in Johannesburg and at one point clambers up to rest its front legs on the back of a car



The big cat was seen prowling around a residential area in Johannesburg and at one point clambers up to rest its front legs on the back of a car

Residents were later reassured that the lion, called Columbus, was not on the loose - and had been brought in by a production crew for filming



Residents were later reassured that the lion, called Columbus, was not on the loose - and had been brought in by a production crew for filming
Columbus had been borrowed from a nearby lion park and the area was fenced off while the animal, which has starred in a number of films and advertising campaigns, is tame.

According to the Johannesburg Roads Agency, the filming had not been cleared and the film company had not gained permission to close several roads.

The JRA was contacted to find out if a movie, starring a fully-grown lion, was being filmed in the city and whether producers were given clearance by the company to close off roads in the area.
According to the lion park, it is not the first time that Columbus has courted the limelight and has previously appeared in a film named Blended and also numerous adverts.

Columbus had been borrowed from a nearby lion park and the area was fenced off while the animal, which has starred in a number of films and advertising campaigns, is tame



Columbus had been borrowed from a nearby lion park and the area was fenced off while the animal, which has starred in a number of films and advertising campaigns, is tame
Irvaan Dolley, from Ibiza, Spain, who witnessed the lion walk past, said: 'It was a strange sight to see the lion strolling throught the city like that and my first thought was to run.
'But it swiftly turned out that the situation was under control and we weren't in any danger, despite the lion being so close by.
'The lion was actually part of a film production taking place Johannesburg City Centre. So it wasn't roaming around freely as expected on social media.'
Zanta Myeza, from the JRA, said: 'We sit down with the JOC to get all the people who are involved into the same room - including the police department - to see if we all agree on something like that taking place.
'The people who were there were taking chances.'


Lion seen prowling around the streets of South Africa's biggest city
 

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Fact Check: No, Putin has not unleashed lions on Russian streets to enforce Corona lockdown

A post is going viral claiming that Russian President Vladimir Putin has released 800 tigers and lions across the country's streets to force people inside. India Today Anti Fake News War Room (AFWA) has found the claim to be false.



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March 23, 2020
UPDATED: March 23, 2020 08:13 IST



This picture is from Johannesburg in South Africa from 2016.

Many countries are enforcing a lockdown to contain the spread of coronavirus, which has already claimed more than 13,000 people and infected over 3 lakh globally. Social media is full of measures taken by respective governments to fight the menace.
Amid this, a post is going viral claiming that Russian President Vladimir Putin has released 800 tigers and lions across the country's streets to force people inside. Facebook page "Humour TV" posted a picture of a lion on an empty street with the caption, "Vladmir Putin has dropped 800 Tigers and lions all over the country to push people to stay home."




Till the filing of this story, the post was already shared more than 18,000 times. The post is viral on Twitter as well.
India Today Anti Fake News War Room (AFWA) has found the claim to be false. This picture is from Johannesburg in South Africa from 2016.

AFWA probe
With the help of Google reverse image search, we found a report by "Daily Mail" published on April 15, 2016. According to this report, the lion, called Columbus, was brought for filming by a production crew in Johannesburg.
However, another report by "New York Post" says the filming was not approved. This report quotes the Johannesburg Roads Agency as saying, "The filming had not been approved and the film company took a risk by springing the lion without getting the OK to close several roads."
The same picture is also viral on WhatsApp with a similar claim. There is a TV 'Breaking News' graphic plate imposed on the picture which says, "Russia unleashed more than 500 lions on its streets to ensure that people are staying indoors during this pandemic outbreak."



AFWA has found that the graphic plate does not belong to any news channel. It has been created by using a website where you can develop your own "breaking news".
Therefore, it is clear that the picture of the lion roaming on the streets has nothing to do with Russia or Putin. This picture is from Johannesburg in South Africa from 2016 during a film shoot.

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Claim : Lions released on Russian streets by Vladimir Putin to force people insideConclusionThis picture is from Johannesburg in South Africa and about four years old


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