“चालान महंगा करके सरकार ने पुलिस को गुंडा बना दिया है। एक मासूम बच्चे के सामने उसके पिता को मारते हैं, इस मैसेज को थोड़ा अन्य ग्रुपों में भेजना चाहिए जिससे प्रशासन जागे। (Policemen have become goons after the hike in fine. They are beating a father in front of his innocent child. This message should be sent to other groups so that the administration wakes up.)”

Facebook user Shivanker Negi posted a video of policemen engaged in a scuffle with a woman where one of the cops manhandles her. It is being claimed that after the implementation of the amended Motor Vehicle Act that significantly hiked fines, the police is beating a father in presence of his child. The video has been viewed more than 93 lakh times and shared close to 1.7 lakh times.

चालान महंगा करके सरकार ने पुलिस को गुंडा बना दिया है। एक मासूम बच्चे के सामने उसके पिता को मारते हैं, इस मैसेज को थोड़ा अन्य ग्रुपों में भेजना चाहिए जिससे प्रशासन जागे। 👇

Posted by Shivanker Negi on Sunday, 20 October 2019

The video is also viral on Facebook with the accompanying text claiming that a father was beaten in front of his daughter and that the cops also raised their hands on the woman.

What is the truth?

A close look at the video reveals that the word ‘Ghaziabad’ is imprinted on a police vehicle.

A keyword search on Google threw up an October 19 report by NDTV on the same incident. According to the media outlet, the police were trying to arrest a man and take him to the police station. The man’s refusal to get inside the police van led to an altercation. The woman intervened and was pushed by a cop.

NDTV also quoted Manish Kumar Mishra, Superintendent of Police, Ghaziabad city as saying, “This video was getting viral since yesterday. It has been found to be from the Turab Nagar area of Ghaziabad.”

On October 18, Ghaziabad police issued a press note expressing regret over the mistreatment of the woman and also stated that action has been taking against the faulting cop Raveer Singh.

A video of police excess in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh was falsely linked to hefty fines charged as per the amended Motor Vehicle Act. Furthermore, the woman in the clip is the man’s wife and not his daughter.

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