Viral clip of assault over land dispute in UP falsely claimed as attack on Dalits

Hyderabad: On November 6, the Indian National Congress shared a video on Twitter, showing three men brutally assaulting two persons with sticks. The post was retweeted 1.8K times and got 6K likes. It suggests that the incident took place in Uttar Pradesh and the victims were Dalits. The tweet in Hindi also says that “Jungle Raj’ is everywhere in UP and this video should be seen as a testimony to the failure of the BJP government.

The video has been shared by Priyanka Gandhi Vadra too. Her tweet got 3.4K retweets and 10.8K likes. The tweet, which is also in Hindi, claims that “Dalit brothers are being beaten horribly in UP. Bigoted criminals are attacking Dalits and Adivasis every day in UP.”

Fact Check: The video is a part of a news bulletin telecast by a TV channel named Bharat Samachar, a regional news provider in UP.

In the narration by the news anchor, we can hear that this incident took place in Mainpuri. When searched using the keywords “2 men beaten in Mainpuri”, we got few news reports saying that 2 persons were beaten up over a land dispute in Mainpuri, UP, on November 4, 2019.

https://maharashtratimes.indiatimes.com/video/news/2-men-beaten-black-and-blue-over-land-dispute-in-ups-mainpuri/videoshow/71942163.cms

Here is the link of the full video:

As the clip went viral, the Mainpuri police tweeted a message that can be loosely translated to: “The above claim is denied. A quarrel took place between Rajput families and none of the party is Dalit. Legal proceedings have been initiated against both parties. Five people from one side and two from the other have been arrested. It is a request to media outlets to not publish any unverified news.”

Few Twitter users also replied to this post, quoting the tweet by Mainpuri police.

Claim: Dalits brothers are beaten up in UP

Claim on: Twitter

Fact Check: FALSE. According to UP police, the attack was the fallout of a land dispute between two groups belonging to the Rajput community in Mainpuri, UP.

Satya Priya BN

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