Assam, 12 March: Two accounts have been suspended by Twitter for sharing a doctored video of All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) chief Badruddin Ajmal where he allegedly called for making India an Islamic Nation.
The suspended accounts are – Legal Rights Observatory – LRO and Voice of Assam. Both the Twitter profiles currently read, “Account suspended”.
Meanwhile, Ajmal has threatened to take legal action against LRO for intentionally trying to damage the party’s prospects in the Assam elections.
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The doctored video says the Mughals ruled India for 800 years and the British ruled it for 200 years. And now, INC-AIUDF will make Assam an Islamic state. However, AIUDF rubbished it, calling the video “a 100% fake.”
Fact checker debunking the news said the video circulating is a clipped version of a 2019 speech by Badruddin Ajmal.
Those peddling the fake video include the spouse of Assam Minister @himantabiswa.
Will keep pursuing this. pic.twitter.com/1mqgaw9lzC
— Saket Gokhale (@SaketGokhale) March 11, 2021
Further, Saket Gokhle, a transparency activist has written to the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of Assam, asking for an investigation and lodging an FIR against those who circulated the doctored video to influence the upcoming Assam Assembly Elections.
Gokhale requested “urgent and immediate inquiry” and “appropriate action within the next 7 days”.
Several news outlets, journalists, BJP members, RSS members, RW trolls followed by PM, channel headed by Himanta Biswa's wife, shared this clipped video ahead of Assam polls. Here is the video
#AltNewsFactCheck 1/n pic.twitter.com/h47E3H9ZXS
— Mohammed Zubair (@zoo_bear) March 10, 2021
Furthermore, noted that journalists, troll accounts, regional channels, and political leaders, all related to the saffron party, had shared the doctored video or the contents in text form.