Hyderabad: A video reportedly showing a clash in Rajasthan is widely being shared on social media with a communal spin. It is being claimed that the police have not arrested anyone following the incident because the killers are Muslims.
In the video, a few men can be seen mercilessly thrashing a man and some women.
The claim is false.
NewsMeter performed a Google reverse image search of a screenshot of the viral video and found a report on Dainik Bhaskar's website from 22 September 2021. The report also included the viral video.
According to the report, a clash broke out in Jodhpur over a dispute regarding Ganesh festival donations. A youth, Kamlesh, was seriously injured. The attackers also included his family members. A day earlier, there had been a fight between two groups.
A report by Patrika quoted SHO Lekhraj Sihag who said that a jagran was being held in the locality on Saturday night on the occasion of Anant Chaturdashi. Youth from two groups got into an argument that escalated into a fight. On Sunday afternoon, seven or eight youths from one group, armed with swords, iron pipes, and rods, attacked Kailash Khatik. When his maternal uncle Kamlesh intervened, the attackers began thrashing him. Kamlesh sustained injuries on his head and fell down.
We also found a report by Navbharat Times, according to which there was a dispute between two parties on the night of Anant Chaturdashi. There had been a dispute among relatives residing nearby about an issue. On Sunday morning, a young man from another family attacked the women and people of the house with a sharp weapon. A young man and a woman were injured in this attack.
After the dispute in Mahamandir Khatik Colony, the police detained about five people.
It is therefore evident that the claim made through the viral post is false. The incident took place in Jodhpur, Rajasthan, and was the result of mutual enmity. It was not a fight between the Hindu and Muslim communities.