Hyderabad: A video showing the police beating a man for hoisting a blue flag instead of the Tricolour on the occasion of the 74th Independence is doing the rounds of social media.

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Fact Check:

The video has been on the Internet for the past five months. Hence, the claim is FALSE.

NewsMeter did a reverse image search and found that the video has been on the Internet since March. Many people claim the man seen in the video was beaten up for violating the lockdown rules.

This video has been shared several times on various platforms depicting the strict action of Police during the lockdown.


By using the image magnifier of the Invid tool we were able see that the jeep seen in the video is a Maharashtra police vehicle.

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Hence, the claim that cops beat up a man for hoisting a blue flag on Independence Day is FALSE. The video is from March.

Claim Review :   Police did beat man who hoisted blue flag on Independence Day
Claimed By :  social media users
Fact Check :  False

Mounika Dasari

Mounika Dasari is currently working as a Freelance Fact checker at Newsmeter. She was also an independent contractor at Appen. She has previously worked with Manshuk Securities and Finance as a Derivative Trainee in Delhi. She has work experience of 18 months with Geojit Financial Services as an Equity Dealer in Hyderabad. She has certifications of NISM series V, NISM Series VII, and NISM Series VIII. Alumni from IILM Graduate School of Management in Finance, U.P. Alumni from FH-Dortmund University of applied science and arts in Managing Diverse Markets, Germany. Mounika loves to travel and has been to countries like Germany, Netherlands, Italy, and Switzerland.

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