Far-right Hindutva organisations arranged an event called the ‘Dharma Sansad’ or ‘Religious Parliament’ from December 17-19 in Haridwar where they called for the genocide of Muslims to “protect” India. The event, held by Yati Narsinghanad, saw the participation of BJP leader Ashwini Upadhyay who presented a copy of the Constitution, wrapped in saffron, to Narsinghanand.
A Thread with **TRIGGER WARNING***
A three day hate speech conclave was organized by hate monger Yati Narsinghanand. At the event, multiple calls to k!ll minorities and attack their religious spaces were made.#HaridwarHateAssembly Thread 👇
— Mohammed Zubair (@zoo_bear) December 22, 2021
In the backdrop of this, several social media users have shared a two-minute clip of BJP MLA T Raja Singh being arrested by policemen. He can be seen resisting the arrest and saying, “Your work is one-sided! Huh?! How can you do a lathi-charge on Hindus? They (Muslims) have been offering namaz in public for the last three days… what have you done?”
Twitter users @ChhonkarShivdan, @UmaShankar2054, @RajaTripathigkp, @Archana56858294, @doharerajkumar posted this clip. ChhonkarShivdan’s video gained over 3,500 views. He wrote, “If you don’t get it now, you will never get it. It’s now our duty to declare India as a Hindu nation. Watch this video and share it with others.”
अभी भी नही समझे तो कभी नही समझ पाओगे।
भारत को हिंदु राष्ट्र घोषित करना हमारी अब जिम्मेदारी बन गई है।
इस वीडियो को पूरा देखें और सब लोगों तक पहुचायें।
*आइये हम सब मिलकर राजा सिंह जी को सपोर्ट करे।*@narendramodi@AmitShah
— शिवदान सिंह छौंकर (@ChhonkarShivdan) December 21, 2021
Several users have claimed that the incident recently took place in Hyderabad. The tweet below claims that Singh was arrested for protesting against Muslims offering namaz on the road for three days straight and blocking traffic.
एक घटना हैदराबाद की जो आपकी आँखे खोल देगी
बीजेपी के MLA राजा सिंह जो की अकेले MLA जीते है बीजेपी की तरफ से उन्हे कल रात को अर्रेस्ट किया गया।
उसकी वजह क्या थी? क्यों की अंबर पेट इलाके मे अल्पसंख्यक समुदाय के एक ग्रुप ने मंदिर के पास मैन रोड पर तीन दीन से नमाज पढना शुरु किया था pic.twitter.com/6R7rOe7Hs1
— 🚩🇮🇳उमा शंकर राघव*️⃣🇮🇳🚩8k (@UmaShankar2054) December 22, 2021
Old video shared with misleading claim
We performed a keyword search on YouTube and found that this incident dates back to 2019. YouTube channel GoHash.in reported that a communal clash took place over a land dispute in Amberpet area in Hyderabad.
This incident was also reported by Deccan Chronicle. Ās per the report, Singh was released after the arrest. He claimed that the Waqf Board was laying claim to the land even though it was acquired by GHMC.
According to NDTV, T Raja Singh was among those arrested “after clashes over the setting up of a shed on a land where a place of worship was demolished”.
To sum it up, an incident from 2019 was shared with a misleading claim.
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