A horrific video of a group of people brutally flogging a man with sticks has been shared by multiple users and pages on Facebook. The caption propagated along with the video, says, “#Haryana, : #Gurgaon BJP workers beating muslim and asking go to Pakistan”. It is being claimed that these BJP workers are beating a Muslim in Gurgaon, Haryana and asking him to go to Pakistan. Kashur Kulture, a Facebook page posted the same video with the exact caption on March 23, which has amassed more than 6,000 shares and 55,000 views.

Another identical post by a Facebook page, Surya News, has garnered close to 66,000 views and 6,400 shares.

No communal angle

Alt News did a reverse image search on the key-frames of the video, which were obtained by converting the video into multiple frames using Filezigziag, an online converter and found that the men, who are seen carrying out the assault are members of the infamous ‘Fracture Gang’.

According to a caption posted below the video report published by Dainik Bhaskar on March 13, 2019, Faridabad police has arrested three members of the gang, which was infamous for filming their attack and posting the video on social media to spread fear. “The Crime Branch has arrested three members of the notorious “fracture gang” including its leader in Haryana’s Faridabad. The gang got their name from their infamous breaking of limbs of their enemies.”, stated an article published by NDTV on March 13, 2019. The gang mainly operated in Faridabad and adjoining areas.

At 0:50 mins in the video posted below, Dilli Aaj Tak reported about the viral video, when the gang was arrested this month.

Alt News contacted Haryana Police to check whether the gang had any political affiliation and communal motive behind the attack. In conversation with Alt News, Crime Branch In-charge of sector-85, Sumer Singh, who played a key role in the investigation behind ‘Fracture’ gang’s arrest said, “It’s a complete lie. There is no Hindu-Muslim angle to the crime. The accused and the victim both are Hindus. Also, this has nothing to do with any political party.” This was earlier debunked by BoomLive.

An unrelated, disturbing video of an assault perpetrated by a gang in Haryana was shared as of BJP workers beating a Muslim and asking him to go to Pakistan.

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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.