Fact Check: 2018 Video of TMC MP Mahua Moitra ‘Clashing’ with Female Cops Viral as Recent

After TMC MP Mahua Moitra used an “offensive” word in the recent Lok Sabha session, a video of Mahua clashing with police is widely shared on social media claiming that it shows TMC MP fighting with the Assam police. 

The video is shared on Facebook with a caption: “Himanta darr gaya, Shah ke sath laga diya Mahua ke piche. Good job Mahua Moitra, we all love you. Assam Police at Silchar Airport… A video when a delegation on behalf of WB went to visit Assam and know about the ground situation there, but they were stopped at the airport only”

Here’s the link to the above post.


NewsMobile fact-checked the above claim, and found it to be MISLEADING. 

Performing a Reverse Image Search, we spotted the official YouTube channel of ANI News carrying the same viral video on August 2, 2018. The video title reads: “TMC’s Mahua Moitra assaults lady constable at Silchar Airport #Assam News.”

We found another video news report by The Times of India dated August 3, 2018, with a caption: “TMC MLA Mahua Moitra assaulted a woman constable after she and other members of the party delegation were stopped by the cops at Silchar airport.” 

A TMC delegation travelled to Silchar in Assam to assess the situation following the release of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) draft in 2018. A scuffle reportedly broke out when the group was stopped at the airport and requested to sign a statement promising not to make any offensive remarks or incite violence while there.

Thus, it is evident from the above information that an old video of Mahua Moitra clashing with female cops is being shared as a recent incident. 

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