An edited video clip of police personnel attacking civilians on streets has gone viral on social media with the claim that the civilians beaten up by the police are ‘Muslims’ who took out rally demanding a separate state in Assam.
A tweet published in Hindi reads, “Got azadi (freedom). In Assam, Muslims took out rally to create separate country, look what happened to them. The chief minister of Assam is two steps ahead of Yogi.”
The tweet, which was posted on May 2, 2022 at 6.46 am, has been re-tweeted more than 100 times at the time of filing this report.
Another tweet of the same 2.12 minute video and with the same claim was shared on May 2, 2022 at 9.33 pm by user @DRajlaxmisain. This tweet was circulated even more widely with more than 2,400 retweets and over 6,500 likes.
The tweet claims the video is of Assam, but no one in the video is heard speaking Assamese or any other local language of the northeastern state. Even the loud speaker announcements are in Hindi.
In the first 15 seconds of the video, a police barricade has Hindi words written on it. Buildings seen in the video, especially the houses, are quite different from those usually seen in Assam.
Fact Check: Old video with false claim
EastMojo fact-check team broke down the video into key frames using ‘InVID’ tool following which we did a Google and Yandex reverse image search on one of the screenshots. On Yandex, we came across a YouTube video published on April 6, 2020.
A visual comparison of a screenshots of @DRajlaxmisaini’s tweet taken at 0.08 sec and the YouTube video at 0.52 sec indicates that the location and the incident are the same.
The YouTube video description mentions the video is from Bareilly in Uttar Pradesh. At 1.08 sec of the video, Izzatnagar police station can also be seen.
The video description also suggests that the incident took place while the police were enforcing Covid-19 lockdown orders.
We did a keyword search on Google using keywords ‘bareilly, police, attack, lockdown’. This led us to a number of news articles on the incident.
According to an article on NDTV published on April 7, 2020, “a group of people attacked a police team enforcing the lockdown imposed to check the spread of coronavirus” in Bareilly.
Thus, the claim made by the recent tweets linking the incident with Assam is misleading.
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