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Old Video Showing Traders Beating a Thief in Bharatpur, Rajasthan Circulated as from Bihar With Casteist Claims: Fact-Check

A few days ago, a video from Bharatpur in Rajasthan depicting a brutal fight involving a group of youths mercilessly beating a person with sticks inside a store started circulating online, it was accompanied by claims suggesting that this incident occurred recently in Bihar, targeting a Dalit individual who was forced to drink urine when he requested water from members of the upper-caste Hindu community. The fake and misleading news was shared by pro-Pakistan propagandist account @SAHR_Watch.

Misleading Claims, Reality from Rajasthan

In August 2022, a thief was apprehended by a group of traders in Bharatpur, Rajasthan and the video is from there not Bihar. The thief was caught in the act, and the traders took matters into their own hands. They resorted to beating the thief as a form of vigilante justice. The incident unfolded inside a store, where the traders dealt with the thief using force.

The thief, realizing the severity of the situation, ultimately surrenders by providing his identity card and confessing to his crime. Law enforcement authorities were informed, and a formal case was registered against the thief based on the evidence and statements. Subsequently, appropriate legal action was taken in line with the prevailing laws. To know more about the incident, check out an article by the Dainik Bhaskar.

Intent & Conclusion

Contrary to the misleading claims attempting to inject caste and regional biases into the incident, the reality is that this altercation had no connection to any caste or religion. The video incident is from Bharatpur, Rajasthan and similarly has nothing to do with Bihar. The misinformation seems to stem from a misrepresentation of the incident’s location and context, attempting to evoke emotional responses and fuel societal divides. Sharing outdated videos with false narratives can mislead people and contribute to a climate of division and mistrust. 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.

Claim: A video allegedly depicting a recent incident in Bihar where a Dalit individual was brutally beaten and forced to drink urine due to caste-based discrimination by upper-caste Hindu men.

Fact: Misleading. It is an older incident from Bharatpur, Rajasthan, involving the apprehension and beating of a thief by traders.

Also Read Old Video Showing Muslim Mob Thrashing A Dalit Man in Darbhanga, Bihar circulated as Incident of Bharatpur, Rajasthan with Casteist Claims: Fact-Check

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