On February 18, PTI reported that a man was held in Rajasthan for allegedly spying for Pakistan. Mohammad Yunus was accused of sharing classified information about the Nasirabad cantonment of the Indian army to his Pakistani handlers via WhatsApp chats.

Two days later, Twitter user @AkshatK93411224 posted a clip of officials in uniform lathi-charging two Muslim men. The clip shows army men thrashing them and forcing them into a van. It has gained over 30,000 views. Viral posts claim that the video shows army men lathi-charging Mohammad Yunus Yunis, Ahmed Molana and Sadam who were arrested in Ajmer for spying for Pakistan. Several Twitter users have shared this clip.

Twitter user @iyogitasingh also posted it. It gained over 500 retweets. In the past, Alt News has documented that this account has shared misinformation.

Several Facebook users have shared the video as well.

Old video from MP

In the course of our research, we found that the clip dates back two years. It was posted by journalist Anurag Dwary who wrote that the clip is from April 2020 and was shot in Madhya Pradesh’s Ratlam district during the lockdown.

OneIndia Hindi reported that police arrested a few men from a mosque at Ratlam’s Omkala Road for not following COVID-19 protocol. Some men were arrested under IPC sections 188 [Disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant.], 269 [Negligent act likely to spread infection of disease danger­ous to life] and 270 [Malignant act likely to spread infection of disease danger­ous to life].

To sum it up, a 2020 clip of Muslim men being arrested in Ratlam for breaching COVID-19 protocol was shared with the false claim that the viral clip shows authorities arresting Muslim men in Rajasthan for spying fpr Pakistan.

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