Fact Check: Rahul Gandhi’s Comment In Wayanad Falsely Linked To Udaipur Incident

A report by Indian news channel Zee News is being shared on social media with a claim that Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said that the accused in the Udaipur murder case were ‘kids’.

The video is being shared with the caption: “कन्हैया लाल के हत्यारे मासूम बच्चे हैं मैं उनपर बिल्कुल गुस्सा नहीं हूँ , उन्हें माफ कर दो, – राहुल गांधी” (English translation: Kanhaiya Lal’s killers are innocent children, I am not angry at them at all, forgive them Rahul Gandhi)

Here’s the link to the above post.

FACT CHECK 

NewsMObile fact-checked the post, and found it to be false.

We ran a keyword search and found a report by The Indian Express that Rahul Gandhi’s office in Wayanad, Kerala, was vandalised by CPI(M)’s student wing SFI. The report also mentioned that the Congress leader visited his vandalised office on July 1, 2022, and said the incident was unfortunate but he did not have any hostility or anger over it.

“This is my office. But before being my office, this is the office of Wayanad people. It is quite unfortunate that the office has been attacked. Violence will never resolve problems. It is not good that they have acted in an irresponsible manner. I don’t have any anger or hostility towards them. They are kids and they don’t understand the consequences of their act,” Indian Express quoted Rahul Gandhi as saying.

We also found the similar video on YouTube channel of ANI. The video was uploaded on July 1, 2022, with the title: “Rahul Gandhi terms violence in office ‘unfortunate’, says don’t have hostility towards perpetrators.”

On searching further, we found that Zee News had issued an apology after the news channel misleadingly aired unrelated remarks by Rahul Gandhi as his statement on the Udaipur killing.

Hence, it is clear that the video is being shared with a false claim.

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