[Warning: Visuals may be distressing for some.]
A video of cream applied on the bodies of two burn victims has been shared on social media with the claim that they were attacked with acid for playing Holi in Dhakrauli village, Khanpur area in Bulandshahr, Uttar Pradesh. Radharamn Das, vice-president and spokesperson of Kolkata’s ISKCON temple, wrote that ‘jihadis’ threw acid on the boys. The video was viewed 5,000 times before it was taken down. (Archived link)
Journalist Sachin Gupta also tweeted that the boys were hit on their heads with acid bottles in Dhakrauli without assigning blame to Muslims.
उप्र के बुलंदशहर में होली जश्न के वक्त दो युवकों के सिर में पानी की जगह तेजाब की बोतल मारी। दोनों युवक गंभीर झुलसे। खानपुर क्षेत्र के ग्राम ढकरौली का मामला। #Bulandshahr #Up pic.twitter.com/6ISZuk55qi
— Sachin Gupta | सचिन गुप्ता (@sachingupta787) March 29, 2021
Bulandshahr police issued a statement on Twitter which said that Tinku and Rohit were dancing during Holi celebrations in Dhakrauli village. Tinku wanted to perform a stunt by breaking a glass bottle on his head. But instead of using an alcohol bottle, he picked up one with acid. Tinku was severely injured while Rohit suffered injuries after a few drops fell on him. The police added that the duo is out of danger.
— Bulandshahr Police (@bulandshahrpol) March 30, 2021
Alt News spoke with the SHO of Khanpur police station who informed, “These two boys were celebrating Holi. Both of them also got drunk and one of the boys, broke an acid bottle on his head believing it to be a liquor bottle. He was injured and the other boy standing next to him was also wounded. The boys have stated the same in writing.” The SHO further said that the acid bottle was kept to clean toilets and the youth accidentally picked it up.
An incident where a boy accidentally injured himself with an acid bottle was communalised on social media. False claims blamed members of the Muslim community for violence during holi.