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Labourers push a cart in a market after the government eased a nationwide lockdown imposed as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus, in Secunderabad the twin city of Hyderabad on May 19, 2020. Image Credit: AFP

Hyderabad: Such is the aversion for Eid shopping among Muslims in India during the coronavirus pandemic that a person has lodged a complaint with the police against a TV news channel for showing a doctored video of a large number of Muslim shoppers clogging a market falsely claiming it to be from Hyderabad.

The video, which has also gone viral on social media, shows hundreds of men and women crowding a narrow market area. Those posting the video and showing it on the TV news channel claim the scenes to be from Madinah market of Hyderabad. But a closer examination shows the video to be from the market of Faisalabad in Pakistan.

Syed Abdahu Kashif, a social activist in Hyderabad, has lodged a complaint with the city demanding action against hate mongering report of the TV. The report had mixed footage of a shop in Hyderabad with that of Pakistani market. The background voice of the anchor calls the crowded market seen in “Hyderabad” was a cause of concern and distress and warns that this will create a difficult situation for the government.

Social media users have also demanded action against another person who posted the same footage claiming it to be from famous Chandni Chowk of Old Delhi. Many on twitter have urged Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Delhi police to take stringent action against the hate monger for posting fake news.