A few days ago, a disturbing video went viral on social media, showing two men tortured in Mancherial, Telangana. The video was shared by several accounts, prominent ones being @ambedkariteIND, @susheelshinde98, @GemsOfKCR, @HateDetectors, and @DalitTime. They shared the video with claims that it was a case of caste-based violence, specifically targeting Dalit individuals. However, upon closer examination, it is clear that there is no casteist angle to this horrific incident.
The video depicted a horrific scene where two men, Kiran and Teja, were hung upside down from a tree and subjected to torture, including the lighting of a fire beneath them. Initial reports suggested that this was a case of caste-based violence, with one of the victims, Kiran, belonging to the Dalit community.
However, investigations have revealed a different narrative. The incident occurred when four members of a family accused Kiran and Teja of goat theft. While Kiran does belong to the Dalit community, Teja is from a different caste. The duo, who were friends, were beaten and tortured by the family members who accused them of theft.
Legal Action Taken
The Bellampalli Police, under the Ramagundam commissionerate of Telangana, swiftly took action in response to this gruesome incident. All four individuals responsible for hanging the two men upside down, lighting a fire beneath them, and abusing them have been apprehended. Cases have been registered against them under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.
While the police registered a case under the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act due to caste-based slurs used against the victims, it’s important to note that the motive behind the attack was suspicion of theft, not caste-based discrimination.
In conclusion, the viral video of the torture of Kiran and Teja in Mancherial, Telangana, is indeed a horrifying incident that warrants legal action against the perpetrators. However, it is vital to refrain from spreading false narratives and caste-based hatred, as these actions only serve to further divide communities and fuel animosity. While the perpetrators of this heinous act deserve severe punishment, spreading the video with a casteist angle is equally condemnable. This incident does not have any caste-based motive, as confirmed by the police investigations.
Following comprehensive analysis and meticulous fact-checking, our team has investigated the claim. You can refer to the findings of this inquiry in the Twitter thread embedded below. You can also refer to an article by the South First [archive] or tv9 Hindi [archive] for better clarity of the incident.
Claim: The viral video of two men tortured in Mancherial, Telangana, claiming it to be a caste-based violence
Fact: Investigations have revealed that there is no casteist angle to the incident; it was prompted by theft allegations, not caste-based discrimination.
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