Amid Nepal Prime Minister, KP Oli’s controversial comments over Lord Ram’s origin, it was being reported that a Nepalese citizen was assaulted in Uttar Pradesh’s Varanasi. Several posts on social media started doing the rounds ever since.
The text on the picture read: “Most Barbaric: Vishwa Hindu Sena Attacked a Nepali, Shaved his head forcibly, wrote ‘Jai Shree Ram’ on his head and asked him to chant Anti-Nepal slogans. Incident took place in PM Modi’s constituency ‘Varanasi’. This is how Sanghis are brining shame to this nation.”
At the time of filing this report, the above post had been shared over 3,400 times.
NewsMobile fact-checked the above news and found it to be FAKE.
We did a search with keywords such as ‘Nepalese citizen’, ‘Assaulted’, ‘Varanasi’, ‘Ram’. The search led to several news articles that had reported the same incident with the same claims.
However, we came across a Tweet by a Time of India journalist, according to which, the man (victim) involved in the incident was not a Nepalese citizen. His actual name is Dharmendra Singh who took Rs 1,000 to pull the act.
His name is Dharmendra Singh and he is not a Nepali. Took 1000 rs to do this stunt in Varanasi. Four arrested, 1 absconding. pic.twitter.com/mZfuOaWVdD
— Raj Shekhar Jha (@rajshekharTOI) July 18, 2020
Taking a cue from this, we investigated further and found a video posted on the official Twitter handle of Varanasi Police (@varanasipolice) in which SSP Amit Pathak has clarified that the incident in question was staged and the news about the assault is FAKE.
सोशल मीडिया पर वायरल हो रहे आपत्तिजनक वीडियो के सम्बन्ध में थाना भेलूपुर पर पंजीकृत मु0अ0सं0 335/2020 धारा 505(2)/295 भादवि व धारा 67 आइटी एक्ट में गिरफ्तार अभियुक्त संतोष पाण्डेय के सम्बन्ध में एसएसपी वाराणसी@amitpathak09की बाईट@Uppolice @dgpup @adgzonevaranasi @IgRangevaranasi pic.twitter.com/2v4rg23B1n
— Varanasi Police (@varanasipolice) July 17, 2020
“During the investigation, it was revealed that the person who posed as a Nepali National was an Indian named Dharmendra Singh who works at a local saree shop,” Pathak said.
In conclusion, the above information proves that the viral news about a nepalese citizen being assaulted is FAKE.
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