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BJP Uses 2002 Gujarat Riots Image For 2017 'Save Bengal' Protest, Faces Backlash

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| July 9 , 2017 , 15:04 IST

At attempt to use a striking image to illicit more protestors turned out badly for BJP party when they accidentally used an image from the 2002 Gujarat riots in a poster for 'Save Bengal' protests which was shared on social media and on banners.

Communal clashes hit West Bengal's North 24 Parganas district after a Class XI student wrote a Facebook post on Prophet Mohammad, resulting in areas of Basirhat, Baduria and Swarupnagar facing violence. A 65-year-old resident of Basirhat was killed in the clashes.

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Images depicting violence and a car set on fire were used on banners, placards and social media before the 'Save Bengal' rally was staged at Delhi's Jantar Mantar on Saturday and as the image went viral, it was discovered that the image was actually from 2002 during riots in Gujarat.

As volatile images depicting such violence often triggers more violence between communities, the Bharatiya Janata Party was criticised heavily for the accidental use of the old images, as were other leaders who shared the controversial images, such as BJP Spokesperson Nupur Sharma.

Although the internet services had temporarily been shut down in West Bengal during the peak of the clashes in order to prevent spread of misinformation or inciting visuals, the services were later resumed.