Several Pakistan-based accounts, known for their anti-India and religious hatred propaganda, recently circulated a disturbing video from Agra, Uttar Pradesh showing a man urinating on a severely injured person. A Twitter account named South Asian Human Rights Watch (@SAHR_Watch), known for its anti-India, anti-Hindu, and pro-Pakistan stance, propagated the misleading narrative. They attempted to give this incident a communal twist and disturb peace and harmony by alleging that the victim belongs to the minority community, i.e. the Muslim community. They wanted to add the Hindu-Muslim angle to the whole incident.
In yet another distressing incident, human rights violations have come to the fore in India. Following a recent case in Madhya Pradesh, where a Muslim youth was subjected to a degrading act, a similar incident has now occurred in Agra, Uttar Pradesh. pic.twitter.com/26LKY3q7kW— South Asian Human Rights Watch (@SAHR_Watch) September 20, 2023
The True Timeline
This incident actually occurred in Agra, Uttar Pradesh, and the video is from around April-May 2023. The video in question began circulating widely in July. According to the police, both the victim and the accused were part of the same group, and this deplorable act was the result of mutual enmity. Furthermore, the victim had prior criminal records, including cases of theft and looting.
Swift Police Action
On July 25, 2023, the Hindustan Times reported an article. The Uttar Pradesh Police arrested a suspect seen in the video for assaulting and urinating on an unconscious man in Agra. The disturbing video showed the accused and his friends brutally attacking the victim. The Agra Police Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) took immediate action on July 24, tweeting that they had taken cognizance of the video. They booked and detained one accused and formed a team to arrest the remaining individuals involved.
On the same day, Agra Police shared photos of two accused individuals arrested and detained. They revealed that investigations were underway to locate the remaining suspects involved in the incident.
व्यक्ति के साथ मारपीट व अभद्रता से संबंधित सोशल मीडिया पर वायरल वीडियो (लगभग 3-4 माह पुरानी) के संबंध में थाना सिकंदरा पुलिस द्वारा अभियोग पंजीकृत कर, 02 अभियुक्तों को गिरफ्तार किया गया है एवं शेष अभियुक्तों की गिरफ्तारी के लिए दबिश दी जा रही हैं। https://t.co/431ZwjENHE pic.twitter.com/xtW0dhOqMU— POLICE COMMISSIONERATE AGRA (@agrapolice) July 25, 2023
DCP Suraj Rai addressed the situation on July 25, stating that the victim had not initially filed a complaint. However, Agra police registered a case under section 307 of the IPC and other relevant sections, a man-hunt began in Uttar Pradesh following the video went viral. It was specified that the video was 2-3 months old. The main accused was arrested, and another individual was also detained. The police believe that the victim and the accused were part of the same gang, indicating a matter of mutual enmity.
#WATCH | On a viral video of a man urinating on another person in UP's Agra, DCP Suraj Rai says, "The video came to our notice through social media. The victim had not registered a complaint, however, the police registered a case under section 307 of the IPC and other sections.… pic.twitter.com/CuOcoJlVpw— ANI UP/Uttarakhand (@ANINewsUP) July 25, 2023
In summary, the video circulated on social media with communal claims is a case of old news being presented with a false narrative. The incident took place due to personal enmity between individuals belonging to the same criminal gang. Our commitment at D-Intent Data is to expose misleading narratives and protect India’s interests from such propaganda. Following a precise analysis and fact-checking, our team has reviewed the claim. You can refer to the findings of this inquiry in the Twitter thread below. To know more about the incident kindly refer to an article by the Hindustan Times.
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FACT: Pakistan-based anti-India and religious hatred propaganda accounts are circulating a sensitive video that shows a man urinating on a badly injured person lying down. The video has been shared, giving it a communal angle. (1/3) pic.twitter.com/YFblYtaXCO
Claim: A group of men urinate on a man belonging to the minority Muslim community.
Fact: The incident took place in Agra, Uttar Pradesh, and was not related to communal tensions, and the video was several months old. The victim and accused were part of the same group.