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Indian Student Brutally Attacked, Robbed in Chicago, Pakistanis Circulated False Propaganda: Fact-Check 

Sensitive footage from the recent attack in Chicago on Syed Mazahir Ali, an Indian student, has surfaced, allegedly showing the accused as members of the Hindu community.

@TheINDOCOM515 tweeted “𝐈𝐧𝐝𝐢𝐚𝐧 𝐌𝐮𝐬𝐥𝐢𝐦𝐬 𝐀𝐫𝐞 𝐍𝐨𝐭 𝐄𝐯𝐞𝐧 𝐒𝐚𝐟𝐞 𝐈𝐧 𝐀𝐦𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐜𝐚 An Indian Muslim student named ‘Syed Mazahir Ali’ was brutally attacked by Hindus in North Campbell, Chicago, just near his apartment, after he refused to chant the Hindu slogan ‘Jai Shree Ram’.” and shared the video of the incident. The tweet was made on Feb 7, 2024, which has received an about more than 3k views on X.

What is the Actual Truth About this Incident? : Fact

This is pure propaganda from Pakistan. The truth is that Syed Mazahir Ali explicitly identified it as an attempted robbery in his video statement, omitting any reference to a communal angle. Such assaults on Indian students in the US are now commonplace, demonstrating the inadequacy of the country’s police and US intelligence agencies.The accused or suspect’s identity has not yet been made public by the police. The inquiry is still underway. Syed Mazahir Ali and his Indian wife, Syeda Ruquiya Fatima Razvi, are in communication with the Indian consulate, which has promised to provide all assistance possible. The “Pakistan Strategic Forum” has a lengthy history of defaming India, and this is just another “premature” effort by them.

We visited WION, which published an article on this incident on Feb 7, 2024 with the headline “Video: Indian student brutally attacked, robbed in Chicago; India’s consulate responds”. American Kahani posted about this with headline “As Attacks on Indians Rise, a Student From Hyderabad is Seriously Injured in Attempted Robbery in Chicago” on Feb 7, 2024. This article has clarified about the attacks on Indian students in the US which has become normal. Infact, it added “These deaths have raised the alarm among Indian students here as well at back home. According to Indian news website Firstpost, “as many as 403 Indian students studying abroad have died since 2018”, out of which “36 were reported in the U.S.”  The cause of deaths include “natural causes, accidents, medical conditions” as well as hate crimes,” the report added. “.

@IndiainChicago tweeted “Consulate is in touch with Syed Mazahir Ali and his wife in India Syeda Ruquiya Fatima Razvi and assured all possible assistance. Consulate has also contacted the local authorities who are investigating the case. @IndianEmbassyUS @DrSJaishankar @MEAIndia @meaMADAD” on Feb 6, 2024.

@amjedmbt tweeted “. @DrSJaishankar Sir, One Syed Mazahir Ali from Hyderabad, Telangana pursuing Masters in IT from Indiana Weslay University was robbed & attacked on 4th Feb by four persons in Chicago, Since this attack Syed Mazahir Ali is under mental shock and is in need of help.Ask @IndianEmbassyUS or @IndiainChicago to get in touch with him on+18472930666 or +13129348351 and provide medical & legal help. Kindly request the @USAndIndia or @USAndHyderabad to provide his wife and three children’s emergency visa to travel to USA. @meaMADAD @HelplinePBSK @sushilrTOI @sowmith7 @MBTparty @revanth_anumula @TelanganaCMO @hydcitypolice” on Feb 6, 2024.

D-Intent’s Fact-Checking Results:

Intent:

Pakistan-based propaganda accounts are circulating false claims to set their narrative based on religion. A sensitive video from the recent attack on an Indian student named Syed Mazahir Ali in Chicago has been shared, claiming that he was attacked by the accused belonging to the Hindu community. This is propaganda from Pakistan, nothing more. In his video statement, Syed Mazahir Ali stated unequivocally that it was an attempted robbery and made no mention of any communal angle. Attacks like these on Indian students in the US have become commonplace, demonstrating the inadequacy of US police administration and intelligence services.The identity of the suspect or accused has not yet been made public by the police. The investigation is still underway. The Indian consulate has promised to help Syed Mazahir Ali and his Indian wife, Syeda Ruquiya Fatima Razvi, in every way possible. In addition to their long history of defaming India, the “Pakistan Strategic Forum” is well known. This is also a “premature” attempt.

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Conclusion:

Fact : This is nothing but Pakistani propaganda. The fact is that Syed Mazahir Ali didn’t mention any communal angle in his video statement and clearly mentioned it as an attempted robbery. Such attacks on Indian students in the US have become normal, showing the failure of US intelligence agencies & police administration.The police have not revealed the identity of the accused or suspect yet. The investigation is going on. Indian consulate is in touch with Syed Mazahir Ali and his wife in India, Syeda Ruquiya Fatima Razvi, and assured all possible assistance. “Pakistan Strategic Forum” has a long history of propaganda against India, and this is also a “premature” attempt by them.

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