HYDERABAD: A video of a man in uniform saying that he "does not want this job as the government issued lathi-charge orders" is viral on social media. Users claim that it took place during the farmers' rally protest at Delhi on January 26.
NewsMeter found that the claim of this incident being linked to farmers' protest is false. This incident took place during a demonstration demanding regularization of jobs
We noticed that the viral video carried the logo and social media handles of a digital media platform called "The Follow Up". We then looked up on Youtube and found the same video on their channel.
We also found news reports on the incident by THE TIMES OF INDIA, BUSINESS WORLD, and ANI that carried similar images. It reported a clash between Jharkhand state police and assistant police personnel in Ranchi.
According to these reports, the state police clashed with assistant police personnel who were staging a demonstration demanding regularization of their jobs in Ranchi.
According to the police, when they were stopped, the agitators started pelting stones and broke the barricades. Watching them turning violent, police lathi-charged and fired tear gas to disperse them.
Speaking to ANI, Superintendent of Police, Saurabh said: "Assistant police personnel who were agitating here became violent, broke barricading, and started stone-pelting. So, we took preventive actions. 12 people from police and 5-6 from their (protesters) side are injured."
Evidently, an old video was shared with a false claim that police personnel were distressed because the "government had ordered them to lathi-charge farmers."