Hyderabad: A video showing policemen taking away Ganesha's idol while dispersing people is viral on social media. Users claim this video was shot in Kerala.
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The caption in Hindi reads:
(गणेशोत्सव में केरल में ये हालात हो गए है हिन्दुओ के हिन्दू अपना त्योहार भी नही मना सकता है अपने हिन्दुस्थान में)
"This is the situation of Hindus in Kerala during the Ganesha festival. Hindus can't even celebrate their festivals in Hindustan (sic)," reads its English translation.
The claim is false.
NewsMeter played the video and found that the police are speaking in the Telugu language. We searched on Facebook with keywords and found a longer version of the viral video uploaded by Kranthi Mudiraj on September 11, 2021.
"Yesterday High Tension Police officials Remove Ganesh Maharaj Idol @Rakshapuram Society Property at Huppuguda Old City Hyderabad Telangana State (sic)," reads the caption.
We found the video posted by some other Facebook users with captions claiming it is from Rakshapuram society in the Old City of Hyderabad.
We spoke to a police officer from Kanchanbagh police. On condition of anonymity, he said the issue was reported on Friday and the land is private property. Some people tried to perform Ganesh pooja without any prior permission of the landowner. Police had to stop them because they were not listening to the landowner.
Here is a video we found on FaceBook by Reporter Subhan where it says that some political workers tried to install Ganesh idol on the land belonging to a society and the cops took action against them.