Did the incident of two cops drinking liquor on duty happen during CM Yogi’s regime?

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A 19 seconds long video of two cops drinking liquor and having a gala time on duty is going viral on social media platforms.

Social media is rife with a video of two cops consuming alcohol on duty with a claim that the incident is recent and has happened during the tenure of the incumbent chief minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath. The caption shared with the viral video reads –

“योगी सरकार मैं यूपी की जनता गुंडों से नहीं खाकी वर्दी वालों से ज्यादा डर रही है 100 नंबर पुलिस को देखो शराब दिनदहाड़े खुलेआम पी रहे हैं ये है इन पुलिस वालों की ड्यूटी उत्तर प्रदेश जंगलराज मोदी राज में जंगलराज”

Translation – “In Yogi’s government, the people of Uttar Pradesh are more scared of men in khaki uniforms than the goons. Look at how the 100 number police are drinking alcohol openly in broad daylight. This is their(cops) duty, jungle raj in Uttar Pradesh, jungle raj in Modi’s regime.”

 

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A profile named ‘Chacha Baklol‘ posted the viral video, and at the time of filing this news report, the post had already garnered over 39 thousand views and more than a thousand likes.

 

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Truth

This happened few days before Yogi Adityanath took the CM oath.

The claim that the incident recorded in the viral video happened during the incumbent chief minister Yogi Adityanath’s regime is false.

Using the InVID verification tool, we broke the viral video into several keyframes and found out that the video is authentic and it is from Uttar Pradesh, but the incident did not happen during CM Yogi Adityanath’s tenure rather it took place a week before Yogi Adityanath’s swearing-in ceremony.

 

(Photo: Newstrack/Screenshot)

We found a news story on Newstrack, a media house based in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, about the incident recorded in the viral video. The news story clearly states that the incident took place on 13 March 2017(on the day of Holi) at the Titauli outpost in the Adarsh Police Station area of Shamli district, Uttar Pradesh. An excerpt from the news report reads –

“दरअसल, मामला यूपी के शामली जिले में थाना आदर्श मंडी क्षेत्र की टिटौली चौकी का है। जहां पर होली के दिन (13 मार्च) को दीपक और विपिन नाम के दो सिपाही डायल 100 की गाड़ी के बोनट पर बैठकर शराब पी रहे हैं और कह रहे हैं कि भाई ये हमारा त्यौहार है। हम त्यौहार भी मनाएंगे और ड्यूटी भी करेंगे।”

Translation

Actually, the matter is of Titauli outpost of Adarsh ​​Mandi Police Station area in Shamli district, Uttar Pradesh.
Where, on the day of Holi (March 13), two cops named Deepak and Vipin are drinking alcohol while sitting on the bonnet of a Dial 100 car and saying, that brother, this is our festival. We will celebrate festivals and also carry out our duties.

 

(Photo: ZeeNews/Screenshot)

During our investigation, we also found another news story about the same incident, this time, on Zee News’ official website. It also makes it clear that the incident happened before Yogi Adityanath’s swearing-in ceremony. An excerpt from the report reads –

“Among the biggest poll promises made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Uttar Pradesh is BJP’s commitment to improving law and order situation in the state, however, the recent shameful actions by some policemen suggest that the task of making UP safe is bigger and more complex.”

 

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Zee News’ report on the incident also contains a tweet from a Twitter handle named ‘@Bahujan4India,’ the tweet contains the viral video, and it reads –

Dial 100 UP Police drink liquor at open highway in Shamli. #GundaRajContinues #BSP #EVMtampering

 

(Photo: The Hindu/Screenshot)

Yogi Adityanath, incumbent CM of Uttar Pradesh, took oath on 19 March 2017, whereas the incident recorded in the viral video took place on 13 March 2017 therefore, we conclude that the viral claim is false and entirely baseless. The news of Yogi Adityanath’s oath-taking ceremony can be accessed here

 

 

Rupesh Kumar

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Rupesh Kumar

A Journalism student at Symbiosis Institute of Media & Communication, who writes out of sheer avidity and has a nose for news, seeking to leverage skills to contribute to high-quality journalism.