Alert: No protest at Bandra or BKC; video from Surat going viral with ‘misleading’ title

Alert: No protest at Bandra or BKC; video from Surat going viral with 'misleading' title
The 1.53-minute video shows an angry mob destroying a state bus amid mass chaos and police presence (screengrabs from the video)

A video of a mob vandalising a bus in Surat has been wrongly attributed to Bandra and BKC in Mumbai, and being widely circulated on social media as of Saturday morning.

The 1.53-minute video shows an angry mob destroying a state bus amid mass chaos and police presence.

The video started doing rounds of Twitter, Facebook, and WhatsApp earlier today with misleading titles, attributing the incident to Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC).

“Oppose of bus route started to Bandra to BKC by group of Muslim Rikshawala’s running share Riksha on that route,” read the title of one. “Bus from Bandra station to BKC was vandalised by these Goons,” read another.

A closer look at the video, however, reveals the truth.

Although the video is not exactly fake, it is not of Mumbai. The incident actually took place in Athwa lines area of Surat in Gujarat on July 5, where a group of Muslim men had staged to protest against the alleged mob-lynching of Tabrez Ansari in Jharkhand.

The protest was organised by Versatile Minorities Forum (VMF), who had sought permission to hold a rally from Khwaja Dana Dargah to Makkai Pool.

The rally took a violent turn after some miscreants tried to cross Makkai Pool and were stopped by police. The crowd resorted to stone pelting and damaging state property, following which police lobbed at least 15 tear gas shells to disperse the crowd.

While no citizens were injured in the protests, at least five policemen suffered injuries. Later, section 144 of Criminal Procedure Code was imposed in the area and the situation was brought under control.

Netizens, meanwhile, are requested to refrain from sharing the video with incorrect titles further to avoid confusion and panic.

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