A few days ago, a video surfaced on social media showing a man mercilessly beating a teen wearing a skull cap in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, the video was widely shared, with many highlighting the religious identity of the victim and claiming that a Muslim boy was beaten up in the presence of police.
The video with misleading claims was shared by pro-Muslim accounts and critics of the present BJP Government, such as @TheMuslim786, @ASP4UP, @_Imanutripathi5, @007AliSohrab, @rock_mansoori, and @Satyamooknayak. These accounts circulated the video highlighting the religious identity of the victim to propagate a certain narrative.
लोकेशन–कानपुर,उत्तरप्रदेश— The Muslim (@TheMuslim786) September 30, 2023
मुस्लिम युवक को थप्पड़ मारे,लातों से पिटाई की,पुलिस की जीप बगल में खड़ी,पास में पुलिसकर्मी मौजूद"
कानपुर जिले के जाजमऊ के के.डी.ए कॉलोनी क्षेत्र में दबंग ने पुलिस के जीप के सामने ही मुस्लिम युवक को थप्पड़ मारे और लातों से कुचला है। pic.twitter.com/yNTEgVvQL1
The incident took place in Jajmau, Kanpur, where a minor Muslim boy was kicked and beaten in front of the police. The people present at the scene managed to save the child. The police swung into action after the video of the assault went viral on social media. Based on the video, Mohammad Faisal, a resident of Ganga Vihar KDA Colony, Jajmau, was arrested.
During interrogation, it was revealed that the minor was also riding his scooter and both of them had a minor collision. Mohammad Faisal became so angry about this that he brutally beat the minor. However, contrary to the communal spin given to the incident, it had nothing to do with religion. Both the victim and the accused belong to the same community.
Initially, the police caught Faisal from the spot and released him. People of the area reported that Faisal was arrested by the Jajmau police station but later released after collusion. The Kanpur victim’s family claimed that Jajmau police station in-charge Arvind Singh had said that he had beaten the minor Muslim boy as much as he could and that much punishment had been received. That’s why he was left.
However, after the video went viral, DCP East gave instructions to take action in this matter. Following these instructions, Faisal was arrested again.
जाजमऊ थानाक्षेत्र का एक वीडियो वायरल हो रहा है जिसमें एक व्यक्ति एक बच्चे को पीटते हुए दिख रहा है। प्रकरण का तत्काल संज्ञान लेकर थाना जाजमऊ पुलिस टीम द्वारा आरोपी मोहम्मद फैसल पुत्र अशरफ निवासी जाजमऊ को हिरासत में ले लिया गया है, प्रकरण में FIR दर्ज जर विधिक कार्रवाई की जा रही है pic.twitter.com/a5k7i9WhsF— POLICE COMMISSIONERATE KANPUR NAGAR (@kanpurnagarpol) September 30, 2023
In conclusion, while it is true that a minor Muslim boy was beaten up by a man in Kanpur following a minor road accident, claims associated with religious bias are false and misleading. 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. Refer to an article by Dainik Bhaskar for more understanding of the incident, click here [archive].
1145— D-Intent Data (@dintentdata) October 1, 2023
FACT: A video that shows a man thrashing mercilessly a boy wearing a skull cap has been shared highlighting the religious identity of the victim and claiming that a Muslim boy was beaten up in the presence of police in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh. (1/3) pic.twitter.com/sDYgLAr2U1
Claim: A Muslim boy was beaten up in the presence of police in Kanpur due to his religion.
Fact: The boy was beaten up following a minor road accident. Both the victim and the accused belong to the same community.