After clauses of the Motor Vehicle (Amendment) Act, 2019 came into effect from September 1, videos of clashes involving policemen have been posted on social media with false contexts. A video showing a brawl between men in khaki uniforms has now been shared on Twitter and Facebook, with the caption, “चालान के पैसे का बँटवारे के लिए पुलिस वाले आपस में ही भीड़ गए” (“Policemen clash among themselves over sharing of fines collected”- translation).
चालान के पैसे का बँटवारे के लिए पुलिस वाले आपस में ही भीड़ गए
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— CPभाईYADAV (@cp4bhai) September 9, 2019
Alt News took a frame from the video and reverse-searched the same on Google using specific key words. The result threw up an article by Deccan Chronicle, dated June 27, 2016, pertaining to the same incident. It was titled, ‘Watch: Uttar Pradesh cops fight over share of bribe, suspended’. The incident had occurred in Lucknow, UP.
INCIDENT OF 2016
According to the report, four policemen posted at an important intersection in Lucknow were caught on camera fighting on the street. The brawl was reportedly over sharing of bribe collected from the local street vendors. A homeguard too was involved in the fight. The video was posted by ANI on Twitter on the same day. The incident was also reported by The Quint.
— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) June 26, 2016
It may be noted that the video depicts a brawl between policemen which took place in June 2016 in Lucknow. The fight was regarding disagreement over sharing of bribe collected from local vendors. The video has now been shared in the context of the new motor vehicles act which prescribes steep penalties for traffic rule violations.
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