In the past 48 hours, social media has been packed with pictures and videos of the post-poll violence in West Bengal.

More than 14 people have reportedly been killed and all the political parties have claimed that their cadres have been attacked.…
While all the opposition parties claim that their cadres have been attacked by TMC workers, the BJP has unleashed a social media storm of misleading posts, unverifiable pictures and inflammatory rumours.…
In such a tense situation, unchecked fake news mixed with communal incitement and Islamophobic propaganda by the BJP and its supporters will only add fuel to the fire. | @asfreeasjafri reports…

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