A video that shows a man assaulting a woman while policemen stand as mute spectators has been shared while targeting Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath.
The caption to the post reads. “This is how Yogi Adityanath’s police force upholds women empowerment. Police brutality has become a common occurrence since the BJP has come to power.”
[The video depicts violence and abusive language, viewer discretion is advised.]
नारी सम्मान को बुलन्द करता मुख्यमंत्री योगी आदित्यनाथ का पुलिस प्रशासन….!
मौजूदा भाजपा सरकार में ऐसे प्रकरण प्रतिदिन आम हो गए हैं!
Posted by Rahul Mishra on Sunday, October 4, 2020
The video has also been shared on Facebook with the same claim.
On performing a reverse image search on Yandex using keyframes from the viral video, we found a YouTube link to a report by News18 Bihar Jharkhand.
The report revealed that the man in the video is Harish Pathak, an officer-in-charge (OC) posted in Jharkhand chief minister and JMM leader Hemant Soren’s constituency.
A report by The Telegraph dated July 27, 2020, states that the incident took place on July 22, 2020, when the OC had summoned a 20-year-old woman to the police station to record her statement concerning a kidnapping complaint by her mother against one Ramu Mandal and his father. “However, Pathak lost his cool when the girl told him that she is in love with Ramu, dismissing the complaint filed by her mother…The girl lodged a complaint before Sahebganj SP Anuranjan Kispotta against Pathak but to no avail. Things changed when the video went viral,” per the report. The OC was suspended and probe was initiated.
Therefore, an old video from Jharkhand has been shared to falsely target UP CM Yogi Adityanth.
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