After a youth leader named Shamim was killed during a clash with the police at a BNP rally in Naya Paltan on October 28, a video is circulating on the internet claiming that it is the scene of Shamim and his family members screaming around his body.
See some Facebook posts on the claim here (archive), here (archive), here (archive), here (archive).
Some Facebook posts were also seen using the same video making different claims. It is claimed that this is the body of police constable Amirul Islam Parvez, who was killed in an encounter in the capital on the same day (October 28), and his relatives can be seen in the video screaming around his body.
See some posts on that claim here (archive), here (archive).
According to Rumor Scanner team’s investigation, it is not the body of the alleged Yuba Dal leader Shamim or police constable Amirul Islam Parvez who died on October 28, but the old video of October 12 of the body of a local Awami League leader of Bagerhat has been circulated recently with two different claims.
At the beginning of the search, a video (archive) similar to the video discussed in an account called Journalists Kamrul Islam Titu was found on Facebook on October 12 by searching some key-frame reverse images of the video.
According to the caption of the video, this is the scene of UP member Sarwar Talukder’s younger daughter wailing after seeing her father’s body in Sharankhola (Bagerhat).
A live video was found on a Facebook page called News Live24 on the same day (October 12) by searching for the deceased person’s name and relevant keywords. The nearly 45-minute live video shows a crowd of locals gathering in the compound of Sarwar’s house to see Mr. Sarwar’s body.
Check out some more videos of this scene from the day here, here, here.
The Rumor Scanner team found that the news of Mr. Sarwar’s death was also published in several media.
According to a report published on the website of national daily Kaler Kantha on October 12, Sarwar Hossain died while undergoing treatment at Khulna City Medical College Hospital. Sarwar Hossain Talukdar, son of deceased Chanmiya Talukdar of Khada village of Sharankhola upazila of Bagerhat, was the General Secretary of Khada Ward Awami League of Rayenda Union and UP member of that ward.
According to the report, when Sarwar Talukder suffered a brain stroke on October 7, he was admitted to the ICU of Khulna City Medical College Hospital. After being on life support for about three days, the doctor declared him dead.
Check out some local media reports on this here, here.
To be more sure about the matter, Rumor Scanner team contacted the niece of Mr. Sarwar and she also confirmed that it was the scene of mourning of the relatives after the death of Sarwar after watching the video.
Originally, on October 28, an alleged youth leader named Shamim lost his life in a clash with the police at the venue of the BNP’s mass meeting in Naya Paltan of the capital. On the same day, police constable Amirul Islam Parvez was killed in a clash in the capital. Later, a video spread on the Internet, where it is seen that some people, including children, are screaming around a body. Some of the viral posts claiming that the dead body seen in the video is Shamim. Moreover, some other viral posts are circulating the same video claiming that the person is Constable Amirul Islam Parvez. But the investigation of the Rumor scanner team revealed that this body is not of the two persons. In fact, local Awami League leader and UP member Sarwar Talukder died of a brain stroke in Bagerhat shelter on October 12. The video of relatives screaming around his body has been circulated claiming the two incidents.
It is to be noted that Shamim, the alleged leader of BNP’s affiliate Jubo Dal, who is a resident of Mugda area of the capital, died in a clash with the police in Nayapaltan of the capital on October 28. Kazi Sumon, the former president of Mugda Thana Jubo Dal, claimed to Prothom Alo that he was the president of Unit No. 1 of Ward No. 7 Jubo Dal of Dhaka South City Corporation. On the same day, a police constable was killed in a clash with central police during a rally of BNP and like-minded parties. The media department of DMP informed that the name of the deceased police constable is Amirul Islam Parvez. His village home is Daulatpur in Manikganj.
Incidentally, on October 28, the Rumor Scanner team published a fact-check report after the spread of wrong information about several political programs in Dhaka. Check out some such factchecks here, here, here, here
Thus, the video of the relatives of local Awami League leader Sarwar Talukder who died of brain stroke in Bagerhat on October 12 has been circulated on the demand of Shamim and police constable Parvez, the alleged Jubo Dal leader who died in the clash around BNP’s mass meeting on October 28; Which is completely false.