The viral video of policemen beating a man brutally is not from Ahmedabad.

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A video of policemen beating a man mercilessly during a lathi charge has been viral on various social media platforms with the below-stated text in Gujarati.

બહેરામ પુરા ના પરીક્ષિત લાલ નગર માં રહેતા મસ્તાન મકસુત ને પોલીસ દ્વારા બેહરેમિ થી લાઠી ચાર્જ કરતા એને ગંભીર ઇજા પહોંચી છે, મગજ થી સમજી ના શકતો આ બેકસૂર મકસુત ને આવી બેહરમી થી મારે એ બિલકુલ ચલાવી ના લેવાયે, આ બધી પોલીસ પર સરકારે કડક પગલાં લેવા જોઈએ. મકસુત ને સુ ખબર કે દેશ માં સુ ચાલી રહ્યું છે. કોરોના સુ છે એ બિચારો સુ સમજે

Claim: The video claims to be of a man named as  Mastan Maqsood, a resident of Behrampura’s Parikshitlal Nagar in Ahmedabad, who was mercilessly lathi-charged by the police. As per the claim, Mastan is a deaf and mute person who was beaten for defying curfew orders in the area.

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The video is from Maharashtra, not Gujarat

The reverse image search of keyframes in this viral video led us to a 3rd April story done by Mumbai Mirror which stated that this video is of 3rd April 2020 and this incident took place at Vasai area of Mumbai.

As per the story reported A group of guests from Maharastra’s Mumbra area had visited the residence of Azhar Khan in Vasai Koliwada on the afternoon of April 2 and defied lockdown rules. Vasai police suspected that this group of 8-9 men could have been infected with coronavirus as they were informed that they had attended the Tablighi Jamaat event in New Delhi and the police didn’t want to take any chances. A team of local policemen and civic staff went to Khan’s residence to conduct tests on the guests. During the test, none of them was found symptomatic for the viral infection. While the police were returning with the civic team, Khan and his guests reportedly started bursting firecrackers.

The police went back and asked them not to indulge in such activities as it was in defiance of social distancing norms. According to a statement by SP Gaurav Singh to the Mumbai Mirror, Khan and his guests started pushing the policemen and asking them to vacate the place. Later, the group became aggressive. While the police had to resort to lathi-charge to disperse the group, residents of the locality captured the incident on camera. Khan and eight of his guests were booked under Sections 188, 353 and 289 of the Indian Penal Code along with the provisions under the Disaster Management Act 2005. The SP also informed that Khan has a criminal past.

Therefore in our investigation, it was found that this video is of Vasai in the Mumbai area, not Behrampura area in Ahmedabad as it was claimed while being circulated during the time when the Behrampura area is put under the curfew. Thus the claims made on this video are not true.

 

Mohd Nadeem Siddiqui

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Mohd Nadeem Siddiqui

Author of 2 books and a former researcher on Homeland, Defence and National Security for last 10 years.Independent Fact Checker and busting fake news.