A video of police officers beating a person is going viral on social media.
Users claim that an ambulance driver had turned off the oxygen line at Telangana Nizamabad Hospital. When police questioned him, he said he did it because no one had died for three days and he was without work and money
This video is also being circulated on Twitter by users captioning it: "Where are Human Rights activists? See, the police caught an ambulance driver who turned off the oxygen line at the hospital in Nizamabad, Telangana The reason: No one is dying for the last 2-3 days. The ambulance is not getting any business @v2l2b2 @YGMadhuvanthi @JumbuTweeple,"
The narrative claims that the person seen in the video is an ambulance driver from Nizamabad, Telangana. He was trying to stop the oxygen supply in a hospital at Nizamabad. When police caught him, he said that no one died due to lack of oxygen for the last few days and as a result, he was running out of money.
The claim that the person in the video is an ambulance driver sabotaging oxygen supply in Telangana Hospital is FALSE.
Keyframes from the video were searched using Google reverse image search. We got a Marathi publication that shared the same video, with a title "जालन्यात एका भाजप कार्यकर्त्यांला पोलीस निर्दयी पणे मारहाण करतानाचा video व्हायरल!". When translated states "Video of police brutally beating a BJP worker in Jalna goes viral!"
Taking the headline as cue, we searched the keyframes using the keywords, "Video of police brutally beating a BJP worker in Jalna goes viral!"
Then we found several articles published on May 28, 2021. According to the reports, the incident took place in April 2021. According to police, the incident had occurred at Deepak Hospital, after a group of youths beat up doctors and went on a rampage in the ICU following the death of a patient.
Talking to PTI, Inspector general of Police KM Mallikarjun Prasanna said the inquiry into the episode will be carried out by an Additional Superintendent of Police-rank official.
Jalna Superintendent of Police Vinayak Deshmukh said, "The viral video shows the man, Shivraj Narialwale, being beaten by police. The incident had taken place on April 9 in Jalna. The patient had suffered injuries in a road accident and admitted to the hospital where he died. However, the relatives of the deceased accused the doctors of negligence. Some angry youths barged into the ICU, beat up some doctors, and broke the glasses".
On learning about it, a police team rushed to the hospital. Seeing them, the youths fled from the spot, but the police caught hold of Narialwale, who is a local BJP functionary, and the police team lathi-charged him, police said.
Jalna superintendent of police Vinayak Deshmukh has ordered a probe against several policemen after a video came to the limelight. Inspector general of Police KM Mallikarjun Prasanna said the inquiry into the incident will be initiated by an Additional Superintendent of Police-rank official.
Deshmukh said, "The viral video shows the man, Shivraj Narialwale, being beaten by police. The incident had taken place on April 9 in Jalna and an inquiry has been ordered...Action will be taken if needed."
Some angry youth entered the ICU and beat up doctors besides breaking glasses, stated police. It is when the police reached the spot, but youngsters fled, and Narialwale, a local BJP functionary was apprehended by police in the process, and the police team lathi-charged him, they said.
Meanwhile, police on Thursday clarified the incident stating that force was used to drive the BJP youth secretary out of a hospital premises where he and his family members had resorted to vandalizing after the death of a patient.
"Following the death of a patient on April 10, his family vandalized hospital premises. Police used force against them to drive them out," said Inspector Prashant Mahajan, of Kadim Jalna Police Station.
Meanwhile several politicians, including Aurangabad MP Imtiaz Jaleel took to social media demanding action against the policemen involved in the alleged thrashing. Senior BJP leader and ex-MP Kirit Somaiya also criticized the incident demanding strict action against the officials.
This video was shared on social media too virally on May 28, 2021
Hence, the claim that the person in the video is an ambulance driver sabotaging oxygen supply in Telangana Hospital is FALSE.