Social media are abuzz with a fake video that claims that Muslims in Hyderabad set fire to a Hindu temple and to cows in the city.
The video starts off with visuals of a burning motorbike, with sounds of people yelling and screaming in the background. It then cuts to fire officers dousing the flames, even as armed security personnel with bullet proof jackets, lob tear gas shells at a distant crowd. It also shows security personnel picking up stones off a road and pelting them at the crowd.
The video then shows footage of dead cows lying on the floor.
While voices speaking in Hindi and Telugu can be heard in parts of the video, there is nothing to show where or when it happened, or even if it was really what the social media post claimed it to be.
The post has been shared thousands of times on Twitter, Facebook and WhatsApp. Even social media pages like Shankhnaad, which has 1.3 million followers on Facebook, shared the video on Twitter.
However, the Hyderabad police has clarified that the video is fake.
"Videos on social media showing that people of certain community set ablaze worship places of other community and torched cattle in Hyderabad are fake. No such incidents took place in Old City or other areas of Hyderabad," South Zone DCP V Satyanarayana told media persons at his office on Tuesday.
He added that arrangements for Muharram and Navratri observations were going on in Hyderabad simultaneously, in a peaceful manner. He also said that they would trace offenders who spread such content on social media, and take stringent action against them.