A picture of a policeman being beaten up by a man is doing the rounds on social media claiming that a BJP worker thrashed the policeman during the recent clashes in West Bengal.
The Facebook caption read, “बंगाल में बीजेपी के गुंडे एक बुजुर्ग पुलिस वाले की सहायता करते हुए”
(Translation: BJP goons in Bengal helping an elderly policeman)
The same picture of police personal was seen on Twitter as well.
बंगाल में बीजेपी के गुंडे एक बुजुर्ग पुलिस वाले की सहायता करते हुए… pic.twitter.com/tkTGlYWWSK
— बाबा लपेटू नाथ (@_BhagalSanju) October 11, 2020
NewsMobile fact-checked the above post and found it to false and misleading.
On putting the picture through Google Reverse Image Search, we found the same picture in a news article by The Sun dated June 21, 2017, claiming that the picture is from Kanpur where a policeman was attacked by a mob.
The picture description read, “a raging demonstrator attacks a policeman during unrest in Kanpur.”
Further, we also found another article on Daily Mail dated June 21, 2017, claiming that an angry mob attacked a policeman on duty after a teenage schoolgirl was allegedly raped in a hospital.
Other similar pictures from different angles can be seen in another news article by NaiDunia dated June 23, 2017.
Moreover, we also found a news report by News State on YouTube dated June 17, 2017, claiming that an enraged crowd had thrashed a policeman in a rape case in Kanpur.
YouTube description read, “A policeman gets beaten up by enraged people demanding to cease of the hospital where a student was raped by a ward boy.”
Hence, we can say that the picture of a policeman being beaten up by a mob is NOT from Bengal. Truth is that this is an old picture from Kanpur.
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