On April 16, several social media users (@ParwalPriyanka, @Sabhapa30724463, @Adodwaria, @PratapKeerti) shared a clip of police seemingly arresting a group of women. The video is being shared with the claim that these women “pelted stones”. One Twitter user @PratapKeert claimed it happened on the event of ‘bhagwa yatra’ while @PratapKeert said it happened on Hindu festival Ramnavmi (April 10). Another user @Sabhapa30724463 alleged it happened during a “procession” without getting into the details.

Facebook pages ‘Jay Bangar page‘ and ‘The great leader modi‘ also shared this clip with a similar claim. It has gained over 39,000 views.


रामनवमीं की शोभायात्रा पर पत्थर रूपी पुष्प फेंकनें वाली अप्सराओं की विदाई धूमधाम से सरकारी गाड़ी से की जा रही हैं😁😁😁

Posted by Jay Bangar page on Friday, 15 April 2022

Unrelated video

Upon performing a reverse image search, Alt News found various posts that suggested the viral video dates back to 2020. According to a report by India Blooms News Service, the video is from UP’s Muradabad and was shot during COVID-19 lockdown.

The video description reads, “A team of doctors and medical staffers were attacked in Uttar Pradesh’s Moradabad town when they were visiting the area to escort the primary contacts of a COVID-19 positive patient, who died, to a quarantine facility on Wednesday.”

The viral portion beings from the 25-second mark.

At the 47-second mark, a medical professional dressed in a PPE kit told India Blooms News Service, “We were thrashed… they surrounded us. We had to run for our lives…. [another medical professional can be heard saying “We don’t want to do such jobs”]… we weren’t given any security…. only four police officials were there as opposed to the public who were in thousands…”

India Today and The Hindu also reported the incident. Amit Pathak, Senior Superintendent of Police, Moradabad, told the media that a crowd of around 150 people attacked the ambulance when a medical team was taking the family of the deceased for quarantine.

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath issued a statement stating that the National Security Act and the National Disaster Act, 2005 would be invoked against miscreants in such cases and any loss to the public property would be recovered from them.

To sum it up, a clip from 2020 was shared with the claim that it is related to recent communal violence in Delhi.

[Edit: In the earlier version, the opening paragraph gave context about communal violence in Jahangirpuri. However, the video was shared with multiple claims not related to the recent clash in the national capital]

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