A video of a woman shot in the foot by a policeman has gone viral on social media. Those sharing it are claiming that the cop fired at a Muslim woman over a trivial issue. Facebook page ‘Kajal Nishad’ shared the clip, where it received more than 56,000 views at the time of writing. (Archive link)


दिल्ली पुलिस ने की क्रूरता की हद पार गाड़ी से थोड़ा लगने पर मुस्लिम युवक के माँ पर चला दी गोली!!!

Posted by काजल निषाद on Sunday, December 20, 2020

Another Facebook page named ‘Imran Bankvi’ also shared the clip. (Archive link)

The video is massively viral on Facebook.


Alt News performed a keyword search and found a Hindustan Times article dated November 26, 2020. According to the report, “A woman was shot in her foot when a beat constable, trying to settle a parking dispute in outer Delhi’s Rohini, fired four rounds to the ground, one of which ricochetted off and hit her. Police said the constable had fired under duress as he was being manhandled by the family that was involved in a parking dispute with an elderly couple late Wednesday.”

“We have registered a case against the attackers under Indian Penal Code sections pertaining to assault on a public servant, preventing a public servant from performing his duty, causing hurt, theft (of the pistol and other items) and causing hurt during theft,” said PK Mishra, deputy commissioner of police (Rohini). No case has been registered against the police constable, Punit Sharma, for opening fire.

Amar Ujala’s November 26 report identified the woman who had been shot as Madhu. It mentions that a medical examination of Sharma concluded that he was not intoxicated when the incident occurred.

Alt News also reached out to Rohini DCP Pramod Kumar Mishra for more information. He told us, “There is no communal angle to this incident. The place where this incident occurred is a Hindu area. We had received a complaint and following this, a constable named Punit Sharma was sent to investigate. A family had a fight with an elderly couple and was very angry. They started snatching the constable’s gun and other belongings. This prompted Punit to fire his gun to defend himself and the elderly couple. It was during this altercation that one of the bullets hit the woman’s toe. The constable also filed a complaint against the attacker’s family. However, this is not a communal matter.” The DCP added that constable Punit Sharma was on duty.

He sent a copy of the FIR to Alt News.

Therefore, a police constable who was sent to resolve a quarrel over parking space opened fire on the ground to control the situation. In the middle of this, one of the bullets struck a woman named Madhu on her toe. A video of this incident was shared with a false communal angle.

About the Author

Kinjal Parmar holds a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology. However, her keen interest in journalism, drove her to pursue journalism from the Indian Institute of Mass Communication. At Alt News since 2019, she focuses on authentication of information which includes visual verification, media misreports, examining mis/disinformation across social media. She is the lead video producer at Alt News and manages social media accounts for the organization.