Fact Check: Viral video of Shiv Sainiks assaulting a man dates back to 2019

By Mounika Dasari  Published on  21 Sep 2020 5:25 AM GMT
Fact Check: Viral video of Shiv Sainiks assaulting a man dates back to 2019

Hyderabad: A 2019 video clip has gone viral on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. In the video, members of the Shiv Sena party are seen thrashing and assaulting a man and later shaving off his head. Shiv Sainiks

The video is being circulated on Facebook as well as on Twitter.

The video is also viral on Instagram.

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"In Maharashtra, Uddhav Thackeray's is running a'government of goons'? Law has become a joke," reads Hindi translation of a tweet

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The post has notched 21,000 retweets and 25,000 likes.

Fact Check:

It is almost a year-old incident and NOT recent. This incident took place on December 22, 2019. Hiramani Tiwari, a Wadala resident, was beaten up and his head was tonsured over a Facebook post.

With the help of keyword searches, Newsmeter found reports by several media outlets including NDTV, Republic TV, and HW News English.

According to The Hindu, an FIR was filed against Samadhan Jugdar a Shiva leader and three others belonging to the party for unlawful assembly, rioting, assault, intentional insult, and criminal intimidation, at Wadala TT police station.

As per the report, Tiwari, who works in the private sector, had put up a post about Thackeray's statements likening the police action against protesting students to the pre-Independence Jallianwala Bagh massacre.

Facebook post had angered local Shiv Sainiks, who gathered outside his house and forced him to come out. Later Jugdar shaved Tiwari's head in full public view using an electric shaver.

Hence, the claim is FALSE.

Claim Review:Viral video of Shiv Sainiks assaulting a man
Claimed By:Social Media Users
Claim Reviewed By:Newsmeter
Claim Source:Social Media
Claim Fact Check:False
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