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Chandauli, Uttar Pradesh — Old Video Of Policemen Thrashing Teenagers Resurfaced With Communal Claims: Fact-Check

A video purporting to show police in India beating Muslims for being Muslims has gone viral, with three youngsters being thrashed by policemen with sticks.

Verified accounts on twitter, including @stairwayto3dom tweeted “THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU’RE A MUSLIM IN INDIA” on May 8, 2024. The tweet has received an about 22.5k views on X.

Several other accounts, including @Vigilante2801 made the same claim that policemen hitting three youngsters with sticks has been circulated, implying that police in India beat Muslims because of their religion. The archive can be read from above.

What is the Actual Truth About this Incident? : Fact

The truth is that this is an old video from Chandauli, Uttar Pradesh, where three minors were found stealing from a shop and the police punished them cruelly and in an inhumane manner. The incident occurred in May of 2021. It has nothing to do with hate crimes driven by religion.Furthermore, the teenagers’ identities were kept a secret. So, the claim that Indian police assaulted Muslims because of their identity and the cops beat three youths with sticks because of this is not true at all. We visited jagran, which published an article on this incident on May 2, 2021 with the headline “Outpost in-charge and constable, who brutally beat children in Chandauli, suspended, ASP directed to investigate the case and submit report.”  SP Amit Kumar suspended Kalawar outpost in-charge Shivanand Verma and head constable Dilip Kumar for brutally beating three minor children caught on charges of theft in a shop. On Saturday, three children had gone into the Mathela village grocery store. He was captured by the storekeeper and notified the police about the alleged theft. The head constable and the Kalavar outpost in-charge eventually arrived at the location. They severely beat the children instead of going to the police station and filing a lawsuit. Someone created a video at this period, and it quickly went viral on the internet. There was fear in the department on Sunday when word of the viral video leaked out. The SP was instructed by IG SK Bhagat to look into the matter and take necessary action. The SP immediately removed the head constable and post in-charge after finding prima facie evidence of inhumane treatment. Further, for more clarification, we also went to amarujala, which posted about this on May 2, 2021 with the heading “UP: Video of beating of minor boys on theft charges goes viral, outpost incharge and constable suspended”. It added “A case of beating of three minor boys by policemen on charges of theft has come to light in a village in Chandauli district of Uttar Pradesh. SP has adopted a strict stance in this matter. The video of the Kalavar outpost in-charge and constable being beaten with sticks went viral on social media late on Saturday night. After this, SP Amit Kumar has suspended the station in-charge and constable.”.

@chandaulipolice added “Outpost in-charge and head constable suspended for inhumane treatment to children caught stealing inside a shop, investigation given to ASI, legal action will be taken on the basis of merits and demerits after investigation, #SP_Cdi Statement of Amit Kuma” on May 2, 2021.

Further, @chandaulipolice tweeted “Outpost in-charge and head constable suspended for inhumane treatment with children caught stealing from a shop in Mathela village under Balua police station; investigation handed over to ASI; legal action will be taken on the basis of merits and demerits of the investigation. #UPPolice @Uppolice @dgpup @adgzonevaranasi” on May 2, 2021.

D-Intent’s Fact-Checking Results:

Intent:

Propagandists are circulating sensitive old videos with false claims to set their propaganda against India based on religion. A sensitive video that shows policemen thrashing three teenagers with sticks has been shared, claiming that police in India beat Muslims because of their identity. The truth is that this is an old video from Uttar Pradesh’s Chandauli in which three children were caught red-handed stealing from a business shop and punished in this inhumane manner; the police officers were later suspended. The incident occurred in May of 2021. Nothing to do with religiously based hate crimes.Furthermore, the teenagers’ identities remained unknown.

Conclsuion:

Fact : The fact is that this is an old video from Uttar Pradesh’s Chandauli where three minors were caught red-handed stealing from a shop, and policemen punished them in this inhumane manner; later, the policemen were suspended. The incident is from May 2021

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