A disturbing video in which some police personnel can be seen assaulting minors repeatedly is being widely shared on social media with a claim that Uttar Pradesh cops beat them up for raising ‘Pakistan Zindabad’ slogans.
The video is being shared on Facebook with a Hindi caption, “पाकिस्तान जिंदाबाद नारे लगाने के बाद उत्तर प्रदेश की पुलिस सबक सिखाते हुए”
(English translation: Police of Uttar Pradesh teaching a lesson after shouting slogans Pakistan Zindabad)
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NewsMobile fact-checked the above claim and found it to be MISLEADING.
Using the InVid Tool, we extracted keyframes from the viral video and performed a Reverse Image Search. This directed us to a news report published by Amar Ujala on May 2, 2021, that carried a screengrab from the viral video. The headline read: “UP: Video of minor boys beating for theft goes viral, outpost in-charge and constable suspended.”
The same incident was also reported by The Times of India, with the same viral video, on May 6, 2021. The description reads, “UP: Cops brutally beat up minors over mobile theft allegation, video goes viral.”
Sharing the screengrab of the viral video that recently went viral, Chandauli Police also clarified on March 20, 2022, that “The case is more than a year old in which departmental action has been taken by suspending both the policemen at the time due to the inhuman treatment done to the child. Please refrain from circulating anything without full facts and clear information.”
प्रकरण एक वर्ष से अधिक पुराना है जिसमें बच्चे के साथ किए गए अमानवीय व्यवहार के कारण तत्समय दोनों पुलिसकर्मियों को निलंबित करते हुए विभागीय कार्रवाई की जा चुकी है। कृपया पूर्ण तथ्य एवं स्पष्ट जानकारी के बिना किसी चीज़ को प्रसारित करने से बचें।@UPPViralCheck https://t.co/7Tx0ncnOOg pic.twitter.com/CointCNYZY
— Chandauli Police (@chandaulipolice) March 20, 2022
Thus, it is evident from the above information that an old incident related to theft is being falsely shared as UP Police beating minors for raising pro-Pakistan slogans. Therefore, the viral claim is misleading.
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