Old video from Bangladesh shared as Muslims in India planning to ‘capture’ Ganga

Date: 3 august 2021

Footage of a large crowd of people offering namaz in knee-deep water is circulating widely on social media. The accompanying Hindi caption reads, “This is a plan to capture a secluded place in the river Ganges by offering prayers there. According to their plan, a temporary encampment should be built on the banks of the river, which will be converted into permanent accommodation. Because the next war of the world will be for water. And the experiment to convert Mother Ganges to Abe Zamzam has begun!” The video went viral on Facebook and Twitter. Alt News performed a keyword search, which led us to a Dhaka Tribune article dated May 25, 2020. The accompanying image is a still from the viral video. The outlet states that there was a flood in the Koira subdistrict of Khulna, Bangladesh due to the Amphan cyclone. Because of this, locals offered prayers in knee-deep water on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr. The storm, which hit at a speed of 180 kmph, caused a lot of devastation. Mohammad Humayun Kabir, chairman of the Koira Sadar Upazila Parishad, revealed that close to 3,000 people had offered prayers at three different places in the city during flooding.