A video showing a crowd thrashing people waving and wearing BJP flags is being extensively shared on social media linking it to Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations.
The video is shared on Facebook with a caption in Gujarati language: “ગણેશ ચતુર્થી ઉત્સવ માં ભાજપ ના લોકો ઝંડા લઈ ને આવ્યા.. ઉત્સવ પ્રેમી જનતા એ લોકો એ મેથીપાક આપ્યો” (English translation: BJP people came with flags in the Ganesh Chaturthi festival. Festival-loving people gave methi pak.)
Here’s the link to the above post.
NewsMobile fact-checked the above claim, and found it to be MISLEADING.
Closely looking at the video, we noticed a traffic signal board: “JANGAON TRAFFIC POLICE”.
A verified YouTube channel OneIndia News has also carried the same viral video, dated February 10, 2022, with a caption: “Telangana row: TRS and BJP workers clash during anti-Modi protest in the state”.
A similar video had been carried by TV9 Telugu Live, dated February 9, 2022, with the same description.
A news article, published by The Hindu, dated February 9, 2022, also says: “TRS workers were protesting in Jangaon over PM Modi’s speech in the Rajya Sabha that Andhra Pradesh was not divided properly in 2014.”
Thus, it is evident that an old video of the clash between BJP and TRS workers has been falsely linked to Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations.
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