Hyderabad: A video of policemen bundling people without masks into a van is viral on social media. Users claimed that the Delhi Police are 'detaining' people for violating the mask guidelines. Users noted that they will be put in jail for 10 hours.

The video was shared by several users with the caption, "Without mask 10 hours jail in Delhi and soon to be followed on Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad and other States." (Sic)


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The claim that the police were detaining people for violating guidelines in Delhi is false.

NewsMeter noticed the number plate of the police van and saw that it had 'MP' written on it. MP, as we know stands for Madhya Pradesh, proving that this incident did not take place in Delhi. The vehicle registration details are also available on MP Transport Department's e-portal.

We performed a reverse image search and found reports by News 18 and Zee News where the same video was shown. It stated that the Joint team of District Administration, Municipal Corporation and Ujjain Police arrested people who violated the mask rules amid the pandemic and kept them in open jail for 10 hours.

The same video was also carried by India Today, Indore News and Hindustan Live. "Coronavirus cases are rising again in the whole country, in the meantime, video of Madhya Pradesh Police's action on people who do not wear masks is becoming viral on social media but people are questioning where the MP police were when Shivraj Singh Chauhan Jyotiraditya Scindia etc. leaders were organizing mega rallies in MP by-elections", reads the description of Hindustan Live.

Evidently, the claim that this incident took place in Delhi is false. Police detained people who violated the guidelines in Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh.

Claim Review :   Viral video of police detained people without masks is from Delhi
Claimed By :  Twitter Users
Fact Check :  False

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