A video of a mob thrashing a person is going viral on social media. Netizens claim that he is Phool Singh Baraiya, a Congress leader from Madhya Pradesh. Singh was in news for his alleged sexist and casteist comments.

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“Just see, how Congress candidate Phool Baraiya, who talks about keeping women of Savarnas in their house, is being welcomed,” reads an English translation of Hindimessage


Archive of the Tweet can be accessed here.

The same video shared extensively on Facebook.

कांग्रेस के प्रत्यासी फूल सिंह बरैया की स्वर्णों ने की पिटाई

,फूल सिंह बरैया के बिगड़े बोल, , सवर्णों को लेकर की थी विवादित टिप्पणी परिणाम स्वरूप उनका जोरदार स्वागत जो सिर पर आएगा सीधे जूते खाएगा यह कुत्ता इसी लायक था lसवर्णों की औरतों को अपने घर मे सुलाऊंगा"" कहने वाले मध्य प्रदेश उपचुनाव मे #कांग्रेस प्रत्यासी फुल सिंह बैरिया की पिटाई करते सवर्ण समाज के वीर युवा ।ऐसे लोगों को जबतक पीटा नही जाता तबतक ये दोगले सुधरते नही हैं ।

Posted by सवर्ण टी वी on Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Archive of the post can be accessed here.

Fact check:

FALSE, the person in the viral video is Subrata Mishra, a BJP leader from West Bengal and not Phool Singh Baraiya, a Congress leader from MP. This incident occurred in 2016.

A reverse image search of one of the keyframes revealed that this video is in circulation since 2016. News meter came across the same video on YouTube uploaded in 2016 with the caption ‘people beating up a BJP member.’

For more authentic sources, we did a keyword search using the terms ‘ BJP leader attacked in 2016’ on YouTube and came across ANI report. The report contains the same visuals of a man being attacked by a mob. Video report stated that TMC supporters attacked the Union minister Babul Suprio and his convoy in West Bengal. During the scuffle one of the BJP party workers was also badly thrashed, and his clothes were ripped.

According to the report by NDTV on 20 Oct 2016, the person in the video is Subrata Mishra, a local BJP leader from Asansol, West Bengal. The article stated that “Mr Supriyo, who is the BJP parliamentarian from Asansol, went to the BNR More area where he was hit after a senior local party leader Subrata Mishra was beaten up allegedly by Trinamool workers as members of the two parties clashed.”

The visuals of the attack on Subrata Mishra can be seen in ANI tweet dated 19 Oct 2016.


Archive of the tweet can be accessed here.

This video has been resurfacing on social media with different claims since 2016. Even recently several users shared the same video claiming it as an attack on present Union Health minister Harsha Vardhan.

Finally, the person in the viral video is not Congress leader Phool Singh Baraiya. The claim made is FALSE.

Vamsi Krishna Pothuru

Vamsi Krishna Pothuru completed his Masters in Communication from The University of Hyderabad. He has interned with The New Indian Express and Kriti Social Initiatives. With the specialization of media research in masters, he submitted his thesis on the topic of "Fact-checking Initiatives and their response to Fake News in India." He believes that fact-checkers have a huge role to play in the fight against fake news which is a dangerous undercurrent in social media reinforcing hatred and false perceptions. Along with fact-checking, he is also interested in writing about environmental issues and human interest stories.

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