A video of a man battering a policeman was shared by a Twitter handle @Indianbhai6. The message posted along with video claimed that the man who is shown beating a cop is Madhya Pradesh Congress MLA Anil Upadhyay. It reads, “Congress. विधायक अनिल उपाध्याय की इस करतूत पर क्या कहेगे, इन video को इतना वायरल करो की ये पूरा भारत देख सके. @INCIndia अबे गुंडों क्या करोगे अब इस हारामी विधायक का (What will you say on this act of Congress MLA Anil Upadhyay. Make this video viral so as the whole country gets to see it. What will the INC goons now do to this despicable legislator -translated)” At the time of filing this article, it has been retweeted close to 4,600 times.
— चौकीदार पठान भाई (@IndianBhai6) April 8, 2019
Numerous social media users on Twitter and Facebook have posted the video similarly claiming that the man, who is beating a cop is a Congress MLA. Among the several other posts on Facebook, one also said, “BJP’s Anil Upadhyay”.
Old video of BJP corporator
Alt News was able to establish that the narrative circulating with the video is false upon a keyword search on YouTube. We found a video report published by Hindustan Times on October 20, 2018. According to the report, a BJP corporator had thrashed a sub-inspector in Meerut, Uttar Pradesh.
“An argument allegedly broke out between the police officer and the staff of a restaurant run by BJP leader Manish Panwar over a delay in order. The BJP leader has been arrested and the police officer removed from active duty.”, reported Hindustan Times. Later reports emerged that Meerut police had also filed a first information report against the sub-inspector Sukhpal Panwar and a woman lawyer in the restaurant assault case.
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