AAP Delhi MLA Somnath Bharti retweeted a video of a man who is seen thrashing a policeman with a message, “Of course this MLA shoild be put behind bar but more than that police personal should be dismissed from the job with immediate effect for cowardice surrender.” While the original tweet claimed that BJP MLA Anil Upadhyay was responsible for the act, Bharti quote-tweeted (retweeted with a comment) the video without referring to the name of the leader.
Of course this MLA shoild be put behind bar but more than that police personal should be dismissed from the job with immediate effect for cowardice surrender. https://t.co/pcPstTCr7u
— Adv. Somnath Bharti (@attorneybharti) September 27, 2019
Several other individuals on Twitter have shared the same video with the identical narrative.
B.j.p. विधायक अनिल उपाध्याय की इस हरकत पर क्या कहेगे मोदी जी,
इस video को इतना वायरल करो की ये पूरा हिन्दुस्तान देख सके..👇 pic.twitter.com/xNmVmgStMa
— शिक्षा सिंह (@iShiksha_) September 26, 2019
The video has been doing the rounds on social media since April 2019 with a claim targeting the Congress party. The narrative was that the man seen beating up the policeman is Congress MLA, Anil Upadhyay.
FACT CHECK: NO ANIL UPADHYAY IN CONGRESS OR BJP
Alt News had debunked the same video when it went viral in April 2019 with the narrative that the man thrashing the policeman is Anil Upadhyay, a Congress MLA. It was found that no such MLA exists, who goes by the name of Anil Upadhyay, in either BJP or Congress.
After searching through the MyNeta database, Alt News found two persons by the same name – Dr Anil Upadhyay, a BSP leader from Jodhpur who contested the Rajasthan polls in 2018, and Anil Kumar Upadhyay, an independent candidate from Lucknow who contested the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections in 2007 and 2012.
VIDEO OF BJP CORPORATOR FROM UP
Furthermore, the man in the video is a BJP corporator from Meerut, Uttar Pradesh. He was beating up a sub-inspector with the Uttar Pradesh police. Posted below is the video report by Hindustan Times published on 20 October 2018.
“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.
It may be reiterated that there is no MLA by the name of Anil Upadhyay in either BJP or Congress. The name has been misused on social media for political purposes, the latest instance being this video of a BJP corporator from UP assaulting a policeman.
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