A video showing a group of policemen gunning down men rushing past a blockade is doing the rounds on social media. As soon as their car reaches the blockade, the men come down charging and supposedly shooting at the policemen. The video is said to be from UP’s Ayodhya city.
On April 4, Facebook user Shivanshu Shukla posted the video and said, “The incident is from Chor Bazaar. Jay Yogi raj. ‘Jihadis’ did you not know that UP’s Ayodhya is the land of Shri Ram. Good job UP police.” The video has been shared more than 500 times so far.
चौरे बाजार की घटना
जय योगी राज👌👌 जेहादियों क्या तुम्हें नही पता था कि ये UP का अयोध्या मर्यादा पुरुषोत्तम श्री राम की धरातल है God job UP police
Posted by Shivanshu Shukla on Saturday, 4 April 2020
The message in Hindi reads, “चौरे बाजार की घटना जय योगी राज जेहादियों क्या तुम्हें नही पता था कि ये UP का अयोध्या मर्यादा पुरुषोत्तम श्री राम की धरातल है God job UP police.”
The video is quite viral on Facebook with similar claims that these men are ‘corona Jihadis’.
After a religious gathering at Delhi’s Nizamuddin was identified as a coronavirus hotspot, a campaign has been manufactured on social media with an attempt to single out the blame on the Muslim community. The phrases ‘Corona Jihad’ and ‘Corona Jihadi’ have been used in a derogatory manner by social media and the mainstream media to propagate the false narrative that the Muslim community is wilfully trying to spread the infection.
Some users on Facebook users shared the video claiming it to be a mock drill. With a YouTube search with relevant keywords, we found another video of the same event posted by VK News channel on April 4, 2020. The video is from UP’s Sultanpur border. It shows a mock drill conducted by the UP police.
A comparison of the screengrab from the viral video and a frame from the YouTube video confirms that both depict the same mock drill.
Alt News contacted Ayodhya City SP and was informed that the claim that certain men were arrested is false. It was confirmed that the clip is a mock drill video.
Thus, a video of a mock drill conducted by UP Police was shared with the false claim that police arrested people who aimed to spread coronavirus. Earlier this week, a 2015 video of a man massaging another’s face was shared with a communal narrative on social media.
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