A video is making rounds on social media in which a man can be seen shooting a deer inside an enclosure and it has been claimed that the man belongs to the forest department of West Bengal.
The message in Bengali read: “আজকে একটা প: ব: ফরেস্ট অফিসার একটা হরিণ কে মেরে দিল। এই ভিডিও টা চারিদিকে ছড়িয়ে দিন যাতে জেল হয়”
(Translation: “Today a PB Forest Officer killed a deer. Spread this video around so that he can be jailed”)
The same video was shared on Twitter as well with a claim that ‘West Bengal Forest Officer
murdered a deer’.
আজকে একটা প: ব: ফরেস্ট অফিসার একটা হরিণ কে মেরে দিল। এই ভিডিও টা চারিদিকে ছড়িয়ে দিন যাতে জেল হয়.
West Bengal Forest Officer
Murdered a deer . Should he be ? pic.twitter.com/friIVfgBa1
— Pradip Chattopadhyay (@PradipChattopa3) October 25, 2019
When NewsMobile fact-checked the above post, we found it to be false.
We extracted the keyframes of the video on processing the video through the InVid. On putting the keyframes through Reverse Image Search we found the same video on YouTube dated July 11th, 2015.
We further found an article in a Bangladeshi national daily ‘The Daily Star‘ dated July 12, 2015 which stated that the incident took place at a farm in Bangladesh’s Chittagong owned by the shoorter, identified as Moin Uddin.
Moin Uddin in a Facebook post later defended himself.
In conclusion, the above information proves that the viral video is NOT from Bengal and it was shot in 2015.