On April 15, it was reported that locals in Bihar’s Aurangabad attacked health workers and police personnel during a routine visit for screening residents. Eleven people were injured in the stone-pelting in Ekauni village under the jurisdiction of Goh police station. The police has arrested 44 people for the attack. A video is now viral on social media with the claim that it depicts the incident.

A Facebook page that goes by the name The News Khazana shared the video with the following claim: “औरंगाबाद जिले के एकौनी गांव में ग्रामीणों ने पुलिस टीम पर किया हमला ,जांच के लिए पुलिस मेडिकल टीम के साथ गांव पहुंची तो ग्रामीणों ने हमला कर दिया, डीएसपी सहित 12 लोग जख्मी #Bihar #Lockdown2”

[Warning: The video is violent in nature. Viewer descretion is advised.]

#Bihar

औरंगाबाद जिले के एकौनी गांव में ग्रामीणों ने पुलिस टीम पर किया हमला ,जांच के लिए पुलिस मेडिकल टीम के साथ गांव पहुंची तो ग्रामीणों ने हमला कर दिया, डीएसपी सहित 12 लोग जख्मी
#Bihar #Lockdown2 @yadavtejashwi

Posted by The News Khazana on Thursday, 16 April 2020

Kashish News reporter Sohan Singh also shared the video with the claim that it shows the incident from Ekauni village. He later took down the tweet. The video has also been deleted from the Twitter handle of The News Khazana.

Old video

Upon reverse-searching a keyframe of the video, we found that it pertains to an incident from September 2019. A local channel from Bihar Prabhat Varta had carried a video report on the incident. As per the channel, “The dead bodies of two youths was recovered from Aurai, Muzaffarpur which enraged locals who began protesting by blocking roads. Policemen reached the spot to calm the crowd but were attacked by a mob that chased and thrashed them. The police also had to fire multiple rounds to control the situation.”

Bihar News had also shared this video on September 7, 2019. According to the channel, the incident is from Aurai district’s Beshi village in Madhuban.

Therefore, a video of locals attacking police in an unrelated incident in Bihar last year has been shared as the incident where cops were thrashed during coronavirus screening in the state’s Aurangabad.

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