A video of protestors chasing policemen is being shared on social media. In the 46 second long video a group of policemen can be seen running followed by angry protestors who are throwing stones and sticks at them. The accompanying claim says, “Angry Public is chasing away police in Assam after NRC”, suggesting that the video depicts public anger against NRC. Names of over 19 lakh people were left out of the final National Register of Citizens (NRC) published on August 31., 2019 This has been a cause of apprehension among various sections of people and has led to several protests.
Angry Public is chasing away police in assam after NRC
Posted by Hifzurahaman Shariff on Wednesday, 23 October 2019
Several Facebook users shared the video with the same message.
The video is also being shared on WhatsApp with an identical narrative.
Old Video from Maratha Andolan
Alt News broke the video into several frames using InVid, and reverse-searched some of these frames on yandex. We came across a YouTube video uploaded on July 26th, 2018, claiming to be of Maratha Andolan from Aurangabad.
We also found that several Facebook users had uploaded the video on 25th July, 2018 with a similar claim.
The same video was uploaded by Principal Correspondent at Times of India, Mohammed Akhef on 25th July, 2018. In the accompanying tweet, he had stated that the video was of July 24th 2018 and it showed police retreating from Kaigaon Toka bridge on Godavari River where the agitators got violent.
Aurangabad (Maharashtra) police can be seen retreating from Kaigaon Toka bridge on Godavari River, where the agitators got violent on Tuesday, July 24, 2018@TOIIndiaNews @TOIMumbai @TOICitiesNews @PTI_News @ANI @CMOMaharashtra @DGPMaharashtra pic.twitter.com/rA85v5kRXF
— Mohammed Akhef (@MohdAkhefTOI) July 25, 2018
In conclusion, a one year old video of Maratha Andolan from Aurangabad is being shared on social media with a false narrative of police chased by angry public in Assam after NRC.