Facts Check: Fake image of 2002 Godhra train burning goes viral on Social media
Brief Outline: Fake images claiming to be from Godhra Train burning is viral on the social media, whereas the incident is from eastern Democratic Republic of Congo in 2010, which killed around 230 people
Facts Check: Fake
What is Viral?
Christians burnt alive by Sunni Muslims in NIGERIA...Then you take for granted our freedom to pray and serve God. This is quite real. We need to pray. .PLEASE SHARE THIS OR JUST UPLOAD YOUR OWN...BUT SOMEHOW SPREAD IT IF YOU'RE EVEN 1% CHRISTIAN — It is still not over. Are you willing to lay down your life for God? —
Facts Check Analysis: The images shared on the Social Media are not from Godhra, but from Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo in 2010, which killed around 230 people. The image is viral on whatsapp and other social media websites.
As claimed in the viral message that Congress party were in government at the time of the incident, it is not true. The Bharatiya Janata party was in power. Narendra Modi was the chief minister in Gujarat and Atal Behari Vajpayee was the prime minister of India, in the year 2002.
As can be seen in the picture burnt bodies lying around and people gathered around the burnt bodies. The message on the social media claims that the conspiracy to burn Hindus in the train at Godhra, Gujarat in the year 2002 were done by Muslims close to the Congress government.
The message in Hindi claims that “कांग्रेस को वोट देंने से पहले हिन्दुओ भाई
जरा गोदरा कांड भी याद कर लेना जो कांग्रेस के सरकार में मुस्लिमो ने दो बोगियों से भरा हुआ हिन्दुओ को तेल छिड़क कर आग में जलाया गया ,अगर थोड़ा सा भी हिन्दुओ के प्रति दया है तो कांग्रेस मुक्त भारत कर दो हमारे हिन्दू भाइयो, jaishree ram🙏🙏🙏🙍”
In an another post the post is viral as “Christians, who were burnt alive by Sunni Muslims, in Nigeria.”
The images are from “Fuel tanker explosion kills over 230 in Congo”, as reported by KINSHASA (Reuters), on July 3, 2010. At least 230 people were killed when a fuel tanker overturned and exploded in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, unleashing a fire ball that tore through homes and cinemas packed with people watching World Cup soccer.
KINSHASA (Reuters) - At least 230 people were killed when a fuel tanker overturned and exploded in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, unleashing a fire ball that tore through homes and cinemas packed with people watching World Cup soccer. Officials said on Saturday the explosion late on Friday also injured 196 people, adding that the death toll could rise.