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Unveiling the Truth: Pakistan's SAHR_Watch and Indian Collaborators Spread Misinformation with Old Video of Couple Assaulting Man on Scooter
Fact CheckManish KumarSouth Asian Human Rights Watch

Unveiling the Truth: Pakistan’s SAHR_Watch and Indian Collaborators Spread Misinformation with Old Video of Couple Assaulting Man on Scooter

In the era of social media, where information spreads rapidly, it is crucial to scrutinize the content we encounter. Recently, a video surfaced on various platforms, showing a couple mercilessly beating a man on his scooter with heavy wooden sticks. The video was accompanied by claims of recent torture by extremists on an innocent victim in Punjab. However, a closer examination reveals a different story. This blog aims to unravel the incident, expose the misleading tweets surrounding it, delve into the fact-checking conducted by D-Intent, and shed light on the underlying intent behind the dissemination of this deceptive narrative.

The Incident: 

The video depicted a disturbing act of violence, leading viewers to believe it was a recent incident fueled by religious animosity. However, upon investigation, it was revealed that the video was not recent and had no connection to religion, race, caste, or identity. The incident actually took place in Noida, Uttar Pradesh, in March 2022. It involved a couple engaged in a dispute over property, where they were captured on camera assaulting their own relative.

Misleading Tweets: 

Several Twitter accounts played a significant role in perpetuating the misinformation surrounding this video. Let’s analyze these tweets and the false claims they made:

@SAHR_Watch: This tweet, now archived here, originated from a hate and misinformation propaganda account based in Pakistan. It shared the video with misleading claims of recent torture by extremists, contributing to the spread of false information.

@manishkumarttp: This tweet, archived here, amplified the false narrative by further spreading the claim of recent religiously motivated violence. It added to the unrest and confusion surrounding the incident.

Fact-Checking by D-Intent: 

D-Intent, an organization dedicated to combating misinformation, conducted extensive fact-checking to uncover the truth behind the video of assault man on scooter. Their findings shed light on the reality of the incident. Let’s examine the evidence:

News Reports: Verified news sources such as Jagran and NDTV reported on the incident back in March 2022. These reports confirmed that the assault took place in Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh, during a property dispute.

Police Clarification: The Noida Police, in a tweet archived here, clarified the details of the incident. They confirmed that the video was from 2022 and related to a family dispute, emphasizing that it had no religious or communal undertones. The Uttar Pradesh Police also addressed the incident in a tweet, archived here.

Intent Behind the Incident: 

The circulation of this misleading video, along with false claims, serves a broader agenda of spreading fake news and religious hate. Propaganda accounts, such as @SAHR_Watch, aim to create unrest in the country by circulating old and sensitive videos with false claims. Their intention is to manipulate public opinion, incite communal tensions, and undermine social harmony.

Conclusion: 

In a digital landscape inundated with misinformation, it is crucial to question and verify the content we encounter. The incident of assault man on scooter portrayed in the viral video was not what it seemed. Misleading tweets from propaganda accounts, such as @SAHR_Watch and @manishkumarttp, fueled false narratives and contributed to societal unrest.

Through diligent fact-checking by organizations like D-Intent, the truth was unearthed. This incident was an old video of a family dispute in Noida, devoid of any religious or communal context. Understanding the intent behind the incident allows us to recognize the agenda of those spreading misinformation. By staying vigilant, verifying information, and relying on credible sources, we can combat the influence of false narratives and foster a more informed society.

Also read- Unraveling the Viral Video: Challenging Misconceptions Surrounding a Violent Incident

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