An elaborately decorated train at a railway station has gone viral on social media. The train features a green dome with minarets on its sides, as well as golden swans attached to the front of the engine. A banner with the words ‘Urs Mubarrak’ written in Urdu can also be seen on the side. The video has sparked claims that the train has been converted into a ‘Muslim Express’ by ‘Jihadis’ and is running between West Bengal and Hyderabad.
Twitter user @cbpandey29 shared the video clip, stating that a train going from Hyderabad to West Bengal has been turned into a Muslim Express against the wishes of the guard. However, no news channels have reported on this incident.
Suresh Chavhanke, the editor-in-chief of Sudarshan News, expressed his astonishment and questioned how the Railway Ministry could tolerate such a situation.
Similar claims have been made by various social media users on Twitter and Facebook. Alt News received several requests to verify the video.
In order to fact-check the video, we broke it down into individual frames and conducted a reverse image search. This led us to a video posted by the YouTube channel @gohash22, which shows the train engine with the same number 13418 WDG 3A at the 0:09 second mark. The video was uploaded on August 2, 2023.
Further investigation revealed that the video pertains to the 46th Urs-e-Quadeer festival, which is set to take place near Wadi Junction in Karnataka. Urs is a festival celebrated by the Muslim community to commemorate the death anniversary of Sufi saints. The front of the train engine has a board that says “46th Urs-e-Quadeer.” The South Central Railway had issued a press release on July 27, announcing the operation of four special trains between Hyderabad and Wadi on August 1 and 3, 2023, to accommodate pilgrims attending the anniversary celebrations.
It’s worth noting that the Indian Railways has been running pilgrimage trains for several years, catering to various religious groups. The official website of IRCTC provides details of Pilgrimage Special Train Tour Packages, including trains for Hindu, Jain, Christian, Muslim-Sufi, Sikh, and Buddhist pilgrimages.
In conclusion, the viral video showcases one of the special trains that ran between Hyderabad and Wadi on August 1 and 3 for the 46th Urs celebrations of Sufi saint Mohammad Badshah Qadri. The claim that this train has been converted into a ‘Muslim Express’ by Muslims taking over the Indian Railways is false. Special trains are a regular occurrence for religious occasions, organized by the Indian Railways to facilitate travel for devotees.
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