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A video clip where a group of men can be seen brutally attacking a man with iron rods and sticks is widely circulating on social media. The video has been shared with a rhetorical question asking whether the internet was shut down in Rajasthan’s Jodhpur so that Muslims can “kill” Hindus in broad daylight.
Alt News has received several requests on our WhatsApp helpline number (+91 76000 11160) to verify the authenticity of this video.
One of the requests on WhatsApp had a caption that suggested that the video is from Bangladesh, where a Hindu leader was allegedly beaten up for refusing to take part in an iftar party. The video is also viral on Twitter with this claim.
Alt News has already debunked the claim that a minority Hindu leader in Bangladesh was thrashed for refusing to be part of an iftar party. The full report can be read here.
As for the presently viral video, we broke it down into keyframes and performed a Google reverse image search on one of the stills. This led us to a news report by Amar Ujala published on May 1. As per the report, the incident took place in Yamunanagar village in Haryana, and the victim is Kamaljeet, a truck driver from Sultanpur. The report had little information on the attackers, however, it states that the attack was carried out due to personal enmity and two of the attackers are from the same village as Kamaljeet.
Based on Amar Ujala’s report, we performed a keyword search and came across a news report by The Times of India. As per TOI, the full name of the victim is Kamaljeet Singh and as per his medical report, he received grievous injuries on his face, arms, and legs.
Speaking to the police, Kamaljeet said that about 10 days ago he had a verbal spat on the phone with Ricky of Kanipla village related to a monetary dispute. Ricky kept rivalry of the spat due to monetary dispute and planned to attack him. On the day of the attack, one Ishaq Khan called Kamaljeet to come to the dairy in the village.
He added, “At about 11 am, about 10 men came in two cars, who were armed with sticks, swords, iron pipes and sharp-edged weapons. Ricky was holding a sword in his hand and upon seeing them, I tried to run from the shop but the men entered the shop and attacked me. They attacked me with swords on my legs and in an attempt to murder me, they continued to beat me brutally. They also attacked me on my head and I cried for help. When people started to gather, the accused men fled away in their cars while threatening to kill me.”
Yamunanagar Police put out a statement on Twitter that two of the accused – Ricky, a resident of Kanipala and Ishaq, a resident of Khandra village – were arrested.
2 दिन पहले गाँव सुल्तानपुर वासी कमल के साथ हुई मारपीट के मामले में वीडियो वायरल होने के बाद अपराध शाखा -1 की टीम ने तुरंत कार्रवाई करते हुए दो आरोपियों को किया गिरफ्तार।आरोपियों की पहचान कणिपला वासी रिकी व खांडरा वासी ईशाक के रूप में हुई।@police_haryana @DGPHaryana @AmbalaIgp pic.twitter.com/1gqqw2w4DR
— Yamunanagar Police (@PoliceYnr) May 3, 2022
Alt News reached out to DSP Parmod Kumar, who told us that there’s no communal angle to the incident. “We have arrested the accused and there’s no communal angle. Any claims made on social media are baseless and people should not pay heed to them,” said DSP Kumar.
He further added, “They all know each other – the accused and the victim – and this was a revenge attack over some personal dispute. Ricky hails from the Hindu Jat community. In fact, there were people from both communities.”
We also reached out to a police officer at Sadhaura Thana, who told us that a total of four arrests have been made so far.
Alt News checked the copy of the FIR where the victim, Kamaljeet, himself states that the assault was over a monetary dispute. Moreover, a press note shared by the police over WhatsApp says that the Crime Investigation Agency (CIA) – 1 has arrested two others – Manjindra Singh aka Jindra and Guru Sewak aka Sebi.
To sum it up, a youth in Haryana’s Yamunanagar was brutally thrashed due to personal enmity. A video of the incident was made viral with the false communal claim that Muslims thrashed a Hindu youth. The accused hail from both communities and the primary accused, as per the victim, is Ricky. The police informed Alt News that Ricky hails from the Hindu Jat community.
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