UP Shia leader Waseem Rizvi has filed Public interest litigation in the Supreme Court demanding deleting 26 Ayats from the Holy Quran. He said these verses allegedly promote extremism and terrorism and pose a serious threat to the sovereignty, unity, and integrity of the country. The petition has sparked protests with several clerics issuing fatwas against the petitioner.

Against this backdrop, a video is viral on social media in which a man is seen being beaten up by a Sikh mob. Netizens claim the man being beaten is Waseem Rizvi.

The video has a voice-over in Kashmiri. "Congratulations to the Muslim brothers. Sikh brothers beat Waseem Rizvi, who filed a case in the Supreme Court insulting the Qur'an. He had to hide inside the shop seeking protection. This is what happens to people who display hate," reads the transcription of the voiceover

This video has been shared on Facebook several times, with the same narrative.


Archive links:

https://web.archive.org/save/https://www.facebook.com/saju.bahi.123829/videos/vb.100051118024015/280862806960985/?type=2&theater

https://web.archive.org/save/https://www.facebook.com/watch/?ref=search&v=155979269724627

https://web.archive.org/save/https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=901727620613147

Fact Check:

The claim that the video shows Waseem Rizvi beaten by Sikhs is FALSE.

The video actually shows BJP MLA Arun Narang, being beaten by farmers in Punjab. When keyframes extracted from the video were used to perform Google Reverse Image Search, we found several news reports about the incident which occurred on 27 March 2021.

According to the reports, on March 27, anti-farm law protestors in Punjab attacked BJP MLA from Abohar, Arun Narang. They thrashed him and tore off his clothes. The visuals of the incident, which took place in Malout town of district Muktsar in Punjab had gone viral on social media.

When Abohar legislator Arun Narang reached Malout along with local leaders to address a press conference, they were surrounded by a group of protesting farmers, and black ink was thrown at them, officials said. Some police personnel took the MLA and local leaders to a shop. But later when they came out of it, the protesters allegedly thrashed them and tore Narang's clothes, police said.

https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/bjp-mla-allegedly-beaten-up-by-farmers-in-punjab-police-2400243

We can see the same viral video shared on various news media platforms.

https://www.aajtak.in/india/punjab/video/farmers-attack-on-bjp-mla-arun-narang-thrashed-in-public-in-malout-1229354-2021-03-27

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bMb9wlaq0mQ

https://www.amarujala.com/photo-gallery/chandigarh/farm-laws-protesters-tear-clothes-of-bjp-mla-arun-narang-in-muktsar

This video is not related to Waseem Rizvi. Therefore, the claim is FALSE.


Claim Review :   Waseem Rizvi being beaten up by Sikhs
Claimed By :  Social Media Users
Fact Check :  False

Satya Priya BN

Motivated professional with a zeal to learn, Sathya Priya has more than 5 years of experience as a Content and Digital manager in Press, Electronic and Digital media. She is Andhra Pradesh government accredited Multimedia Journalist. Ms Priya has worked for more than 4 years as Web and Digital media manager in Bhaarat Today, telugu TV channel. Along with news, she has experience in television program production. Demonstrated excellent management and leadership skills to lead the Digital Media staff. Worked collaboratively with staff, management and IT support. A science Post Graduate, with great computing skills, She is a fact checker certified by Google News Initiative. She has also completed Fundamentals of Digital Marketing Certification from Google.

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