HYDERABAD: A video of a police constable being beaten in a mall for allegedly stealing shirts in Lucknow is viral on social media. Users identify him as `Salim'.
"Became Salim's cinema Lucknow: Soldier Salim, who went shopping in the mall, was beaten up on charges of theft, Salim's pole broke out wearing three shirts under a uniform in the trial room. Jihad in every form everywhere (sic)," reads the message.
NewsMeter found that the claim is false and that the video has been shared with a false communal angle.
We searched online and found various reports on the incident. All the reports state that a constable in Lucknow was thrashed by mall employees for stealing clothes.
According to Amar Ujala, the constable in the video went to the V-Mart Mall located at Hussainganj and had concealed three shirts underneath his police uniform in the trial room. The alarm at the gate alerted the employees and this led to a fight. The constable was identified as Adesh Kumar.
"Constable Aadesh Kumar first checked out many dresses. Later he went to the trial room to try some of them. Instead of going to the counter, he tried to walk out. However, the sensor mounted on the gate beeped. Security guard present there stopped and searched him. He was wearing 3 shirts under the uniform," reads the Aaj Tak report.
Evidently, the viral video of the constable is being shared with the false claim that his name is 'Salim.'