A disturbing video of a group of policemen brutally lathi-charging a man is doing the rounds on social media. In the video, the policemen are seen chasing and beating a man who was running away from them. The caption shared with the video reads, “Mastan Maqsood, a resident of Behrampura’s Parikshitlal Nagar, was mercilessly lathi-charged by the police. He was severely injured in the incident. We shouldn’t allow this to pass, this act of innocent Maqsood being mercilessly beaten. The government should take strict action against the police. How is Maqsood supposed to know what is the situation in this country? How will the poor guy know what is corona?”

બહેરામ પુરા ના પરીક્ષિત લાલ નગર માં રહેતા મસ્તાન મકસુત ને પોલીસ દ્વારા બેહરેમિ થી લાઠી ચાર્જ કરતા એને ગંભીર ઇજા પહોંચી છે, મગજ થી સમજી ના શકતો આ બેકસૂર મકસુત ને આવી બેહરમી થી મારે એ બિલકુલ ચલાવી ના લેવાયે, આ બધી પોલીસ પર સરકારે કડક પગલાં લેવા જોઈએ. મકસુત ને સુ ખબર કે દેશ માં સુ ચાલી રહ્યું છે. કોરોના સુ છે એ બિચારો સુ સમજે

The message gives the impression that the person beaten by the police is deaf and mute. According to the message, the incident took place in Ahmedabad’s Behrampura area which has been placed under curfew till April 21 after several cases of COVID-19 patients emerged from the area.

The video was shared by a few more individuals on Facebook.

It is also getting shared on WhatsApp.

Fact-check

With a keyword search on Google, Alt News found a video of the same incident posted by Mumbai Mirror on April 3. This video shows the policemen chasing and beating men in the by-lanes of Vasai Koliwada area of Mumbai. Thus, the video is not related to the curfew imposed in Behrampura area.

“Nine persons were booked by the Vasai police after they allegedly attacked a team of police and civic officials who had gone to conduct tests on them for suspected coronavirus infection, in a slum cluster in the area on Thursday.” stated a report by the media outlet.

A group of guests from Maharastra’s Mumbra had visited the residence of Azhar Khan in Vasai Koliwada on the afternoon of April 2 and defied lockdown rules. Vasai police suspected that this group of 8-9 men could have been infected with coronavirus as they were informed that they had attended the Tablighi Jamaat event in New Delhi and the police didn’t want to take any chances.

A team of local policemen and civic staff went to Khan’s residence to conduct tests on the guests. During the test, none of them was found symptomatic for the viral infection. While the police was returning with the civic team, Khan and his guests reportedly started bursting firecrackers. The police went back and asked them not to indulge in such activities as it was in defiance of social distancing norms. According to a statement by SP Gaurav Singh to the Mumbai Mirror, Khan and his guests started pushing the policemen and asking them to vacate the place. Later, the group became aggressive. While the police had to resort to lathi-charge in order to disperse the group, residents of the locality captured the incident on camera. Khan and eight of his guests were booked under Sections 188, 353 and 289 of the Indian Penal Code along with the provisions under the Disaster Management Act 2005. The SP also informed that Khan has a criminal past.

In conclusion, a video from Mumbai’s Vasai Koliwada area was shared with the claim that Ahmedabad police brutally lathi-charged a deaf-mute man in the city’s Behrampura area. It may be reiterated that the video is getting shared on social media at a time when Ahmedabad’s Behrampura area has been placed under curfew.

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About the Author

Jignesh is a writer and researcher at Alt News. He has a knack for visual investigation with a major interest in fact-checking videos and images. He has completed his Masters in Journalism from Gujarat University.