A video of policemen lathi-charging a group of people, amongst whom many are seen wearing a skull cap, is being widely shared on social media. “कश्मीर मे प्रसाद बांटना शुरू”, reads the text attached to the video that suggested that these are Kashmiri men who are being beaten by the police. A post by Puran Thalor Koliya has garnered more than 4,500 views at the time of writing this article.
कश्मीर मे प्रसाद बटना शुरू
Posted by Puran Thalor Koliya on Tuesday, 6 August 2019
Many individuals on Facebook have shared the video with a similar message.
2015 video from Patna
Alt News found the video dates back to 2015 and is not related to the recent unrest in Kashmir. The video depicts the police lathi-charging a group of madrasa teachers protesting at Gardnibagh stadium in Patna with the demands for the improvement of the condition of close to 2,500 madrasas across Bihar. According to a TOI report, these were supporters of the All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat (AIMMM) and madrasa teachers at the stadium who had allegedly tried to go to CM’s house when they were stopped by the police.
Protesting Madarsa teachers lathicharged by Police in Patna pic.twitter.com/pgrtCwTjce
— ANI (@ANI) August 27, 2015
India TV also had reported the incident at the time.
In conclusion, a three-year-old video of protesting madrasa teachers from Patna, Bihar was shared as Kashmiris being beaten-up by the police after the recent developments in J&K. Earlier this week, a video of Indo-US joint military exercise was falsely shared as ‘Live Encounter‘ in Kashmir.