Telangana, Sangareddy— Man Insulted Saffron Flag in Reel Thrashed By Locals, Propagandists Circulate False Claims: Fact-Check 

It has been claimed that a man is being thrashed by a mob because of his religious identity in a video that shows the mob beating the man and parading him naked in public.

Verified accounts on twitter, including Wajidkhan (“@realwajidkhan“) tweeted “The video is from Telangana. A terrorist mob brutally beat a Muslim youth while shouting slogans of “JSR” and paraded him naked in the village. Is this not Hindu terrorism?” on Jan 25, 2024. The tweet has received an about 23.4k views on X.

Several other accounts, including @IAMCHindi, Wasim Akram Tyagi (“@WasimAkramTyagi“), @Tanvirpost, @cHindus_ka_papa, Tribal Army (“@TribalArmy“), @IPSinghSp, Ashraf Hussain (“@AshrafFem“), @s_afreen7, DOAM (“@doamuslims“), Muslim Voice (“@MuslimVoice_eng“) also made the same claim that a Hindutva mob in Medak, Telangana, physically attacked and paraded naked  a young Muslim man named Abbas while shouting “Jai Shri Ram.” Following the inaugaration of a Hindu temple at the location of the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya, Hindutva mobs have persisted in targeting Muslims. Ashok Swain (“@ashoswai“) made a misleading claim tweeting “Hindu supremacists in India are no less than ISIS!” on Jan 24, 2024. @ashoswai further tweeted “A Hindu supremacist mob, chanting its war cry ‘Jai Shri Ram’, brutally kicking and beating up a Muslim boy in India!” after sharing the incident on Jan 26, 2024. The archive can be read from above.

What is the Actual Truth About this Incident? : Fact

The truth is that the villagers’ response to his provocative video went viral, in which he was shown insulting religious symbols and abusing Hindus. Telangana is where the incident took place. Both parties had a case filed against them. Police have declared that those who incite hatred towards religion will face consequences. Even though the person facing charges wasn’t innocent, mob lynching is a despicable act.

We visited India Today, which published an article on this incident on Jan 25, 2024 with the headline “Telangana Muslim man insults saffron flag in reel, thrashed, paraded naked”.

@spsangareddy, Official account of the Superintendent of Police Sangareddy District, Telangana State, tweeted “Actions will be taken against those who behaved in a manner that provoked religious hatred and posted posts on social media. Religious harmony exists only when each other’s religious traditions are respected. Disturbing the peaceful atmosphere of the people will not be tolerated. District SP Shri Chennuri Rupesh I.P.S.” on Jan 24, 2024.

D-Intent’s Fact-Checking Results:

Intent:

Extremists are circulating incomplete story to set their propaganda and defend the miscreants despite police asking not to spread any disinformation. A video showing a mob beating a man and parading him naked in public has been shared, claiming that the mob thrashes him because of his religious identity. In actuality, the villagers’ response came about as a result of his controversial video, which went viral and showed him insulting religious symbols and abusing Hindus. It happened in the state of Telangana. Both parties were the subject of a registered case. According to police, people who incite hatred towards religion will face consequences. Mob lynching is a heinous crime, even though the accused was not innocent.

Conclusion:

Fact : The villagers’ reaction was triggered by his provocative video, in which he was seen abusing Hindus and disrespecting religious symbols. The incident happened in Telangana. A case was filed against both parties. Police have stated that action will be taken against those who promote religious hatred. Although the accused were not innocent, mob lynching is also a despicable crime.

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