The former chairman of Uttar Pradesh Shia Waqf Board Wasim Rizvi recently filed a plea in the Supreme Court seeking removal of 26 verses from the Quran which according to him are “controversial” and “teach violence”. The move invited flak from Muslims of both Shia and Sunni communities. Hundreds of people gathered in front of Delhi’s Jama Masjid on March 19 to protest against Rizvi’s petition and termed him ‘anti-Muslim’.
A week after this incident, a video was made viral on social media which shows a man being rescued by the police from a mob. The man’s clothes are torn and the police are taking him to a safe place in a half-naked state.
Several people shared the video claiming that Rizvi was thrashed.
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The video is massively viral on Facebook with an identical claim.
A few Twitter users also amplified the video. (Archive link)
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Video shows BJP MLA Arun Narang, not Wasim Rizvi
Several policemen in the video can be seen wearing a turban. Taking this as a clue, we performed a Google search with the keywords ‘mob thrashing and tearing clothes Punjab‘ and found a video report by India Today from March 28. According to the report, Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) MLA from Abohar, Punjab Arun Narang went to the BJP office for a press conference. But protesting farmers gathered outside the office surrounded and attacked him. The police later came to the spot and rescued Narang.
A video of the incident can be watched below.
For over four months now, farmers of Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh have been protesting against the centre’s new farm laws. The protestors and the government are yet to reach a consensus.
A comparison of the facial features of Wasim Rizvi and Arun Narang is further proof that the video doesn’t depict an attack on the former.
The viral video was shared with the false claim that former Shia Waqf Board chairman Wasim Rizvi was beaten by a Muslim mob enraged with his plea seeking to remove verses in the Quran.