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Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh — Video Of Police Action Against Stone Pelters, Circulated as Religious Persecution Of Minorities: Fact-Check 

Allegations have surfaced that Indian police assaulted women and Muslims who were not at fault, based on a video that purports to show a fight between protesters and police.

Verified accounts on twitter, including @stairwayto3dom made the same claim that the innocent Muslims and women were assaulted by police in India in the viral clip. The tweet was made on March 19, 2024, which has received an about 144.1k views on X. The archive can be read from above.

What is the Actual Truth About this Incident? : Fact

The truth is that these assertions are unfounded and fraudulent. This incident happened in Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh, where two communities were fighting over the construction of a temple boundary wall. When the police discovered the conflict, they raced to the scene and attempted to diffuse the situation, but the members of the minority community got into a fight and started throwing stones at them. 34 people were the subject of a case that was filed, and action was taken.

We visited amarujala, which published an article on this incident on Dec 20, 2023 with the headline “Moradabad: Uproar after stone pelting over the construction of a religious place, security forces deployed after tension in the area.”. It added “In Raunda village of Mundhapande police station area, people from two sides came face to face over the boundary wall of a religious place. When the police reached there and tried to pacify the people who were creating ruckus, the other side also announced the construction of a religious place. This escalated the matter.” For further clarification, we went to bhaskar, which wrote about the incident with the heading “मुरादाबाद में पत्थरबाजी की घटना में 5 अरेस्ट:धर्मस्थल को लेकर दो पक्षों में हुआ था टकराव; पुलिस ने 19 को नामजद करते हुए 39 पर लिखी एफआईआर”.

The official account of @moradabadpolice tweeted “In connection with the above incident, preventive action has been taken against both the parties by the local police station in order to maintain peace. The police are keeping a vigilant eye.” on December 20, 2023.

D-Intent’s Fact-Checking Results:

Intent:

Propagandists are circulating old videos with false claims to defend criminal activities to set their propaganda based on religion. A video that shows a clash between some people and cops has been shared, claiming that Indian police assaulted innocent Muslims and women in India. These assertions are baseless and fraud that much is true. A dispute between two communities arose in Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh, over the construction of a temple boundary wall. Police were called to the scene and attempted to settle the situation, but members of the minority community got into a fight and began to throw stones at them. An investigation was conducted and 34 individuals were named in the case.

Conclusion:

Fact : This incident occurred in Moradabad, UP, where there was a clash between two communities over the construction of a temple boundary wall; after receiving the information, police rushed to the spot and tried to pacify the matter, but the people belonging to a minority community got involved in an altercation and pelted stones at the police. A case was registered against 34 people, and action was taken.

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