[Disclaimer: The video shows violence and can be disturbing for some viewers. Discretion is advised.]
Twitter user @p4pakipower with 70,000 followers posted a clip of a man being beaten by two men using sticks. A burkha-clad woman can be spotted near the victim making repeated pleas in Hindi to stop the attack. @p4pakipower claimed that the attackers were angry because the woman was spotted in a burkha. This video has over 50,000 views.
Visual discretion advised!!
A burqa clad woman and her husband undergoing baton beating just because she was wearing a burqa!!
Shining India pic.twitter.com/OWAtTGbwGI
— Dr Fatima K – PTI (@p4pakipower) September 26, 2021
Kuwait-based journalist Ahmad Alawahidah also posted the video and requested a boycott of Indian goods. This tweet gained over 500 retweets.
بعد كل هذه الجرائم والتخاذل الدولي تجاه المظلومين في الهند فإننا لا نملك كأفراد إلّا مقاطعة المنتجات الهندية لإيصال رسالة الاحتجاج ضد ما يحدث هناك.
حسبنا الله ونعم الوكيل pic.twitter.com/ST7vlofXx5
— أحمد ناصر الوهيدة (@AHMAD_ALWAHIDAH) September 29, 2021
Twitter @MuhassileenNet user posted the video with Urdu text that said, “Hindus have started oppressing Muslims again, killing Muslims openly and brutally.”
هندوها دوباره بالای مسلمانان ظلم را شروع کرده اند ، مسلمانان را آشکارا و بی رحمانه به قتل میرسانند. جهان چشم خود را بر جنایات آنها می بندد. و درمقابل این بربریت و ظلم خاموش هستند. کجا است حقوق بشر ؟ و چرا چیزی نمیگویند ؟ آیا این ظلم نیست !!! pic.twitter.com/evAiRhpCnM
— با احساسه محصلین (@MuhassileenNet) September 27, 2021
No communal angle
Last year, the former chief sub-editor at Dainik Bhaskar Prashant Shukla had tweeted the same video. Along with the viral video, he also attached a video of a family member of the man who was beaten. The family member identified the perpetrators as Chirku, Raju, Kismat Ali, Salim and Sonu. He also said multiple members of his family including women were injured. Alt News spoke with Shukla and he confirmed that the man who gave the bite was a family member of the man who was attacked in the viral video.
— Prashant Shukla (@JournoPrashant) July 6, 2020 in Jul
On the same day, Siddharthnagar police station had responded to Shukla’s tweet stating three men were arrested. Two days later, the police posted a detailed response. It stated that the incident took place on July 6, 2020 and both the accused and the victim were from the same religious community. The statement gave the name of four accused mentioned under the FIR 120/2020 — Istekhar s/o Mohd Halim, Anwar Raza s/o Rajiuddin, Mohd Kaleem s/o Mohd Sai, and Haleem s/o Mohd Sai. Alt News spoke with the concerned police officer at Siddharthnagar and he confirmed that the incident wasn’t communal.
— SiddharthnagarPolice (@siddharthnagpol) July 8, 2020
On July 6, 2020, Siddharthnagar PS also tweeted a video bite wherein the officer said this fight was between two neighbours in Siddharthnagar’s Pipri Bujurg village. As per the officer, the fight began with a tiff between the children of the two families and blew out of proportion after adults got involved. The officer added that a complaint was registered against the accused and three men were identified from the video and arrested. He also said that the victim’s family members were being offered medical attention.
थाना इटवा के ग्राम पिपरी बुजुर्ग में घटित घटना के संबंध में पुलिस अधीक्षक सिद्धार्थनगर द्वारा दी गयी विडियो बाइट । pic.twitter.com/fKSKUVkNkZ
— SiddharthnagarPolice (@siddharthnagpol) July 6, 2020
The incident was therefore given a false communal spin on social media.