Amid the chaos and communal violence in Bangladesh during Durga Puja celebrations, it has been noted that the Twitter account @UnityCouncilBD sharing images of vandalism in Durga Puja Pandals from across the country is not of the Bangladesh Hindu Buddhist Christian Unity Council (BHBCUC), as it claims to be in its bio.

The page is still active, verified and continues to share information, the credibility of which cannot be verified. The organisation had reportedly filed a complaint on with the government in July, according to a Facebook post made by the organization on its authentic page.

According to a fact-checking platform and a report by Dhaka Tribune, the BHBCUC had no Twitter page and had a news portal, a website, and a Facebook page only. The fake twitter account also retweeted posts by (@VHPBangladesh) which claimed to be the Twitter account of Vishwa Hindu Parishad Foundation which the fact-checking site confirmed, was not that organization’s either.

The Bangladesh Hindu Unity Council – @UnityCouncilBD is a verified account which could have been the reason behind why most news portals and channels, including EastMojo quoted in their news stories.

Other leading Indian media outlets such as Times Now, Scroll.in, India Today, ThePrint, Times Now, OpIndia among others cited the tweets put out by the Twitter page.

The page gained popularity within hours following the vandalism of the Durga Puja pandal in Comilla and prominent people began to retweet videos and images shared by the account.

The page was followed by some prominent BJP leaders and notable personalities including Arun Yadav, state in-carge for BJP Haryana IT department), political commentators and news personalities.

Associate editor News18 Assam, Partha Jyoti Borah, Goa Chronicle legal editor journalist Shashank Shekhar Jha, Former CBI director, M. Nageswara Rao IPS(R), Author and columnist Shefali Vaidya, Suresh Chavhanke of Sudarshan news, were among many others who followed the page.

Newschecker got in touch with Bangladesh Hindu Buddhist Christian Unity Council General Secretary Rana Das Gupta who reportedly denied that the page represented them. They had also in the past put up a Facebook post on July 16 informing followers of the fake Twitter account.

The organization has reportedly sent a letter to the telecommunication regulatory authority and the Home Ministry of Bangladesh to take down the Twitter page.

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