A graphic video has been watched tens of thousands of times in various posts on Facebook and Twitter along with claims showing two Islamic extremists killing a Hindu man in the state of Rajasthan in India during the locking of India’s COVID-19. The claim is wrong; police in Pakistan and some media reported that the attack took place in Pakistan’s Punjab province in March 2020; people can be heard speaking in Punjabi on video.
The 21-second video has been watched more than 62,000 times after it was published on Facebook here on April 10, 2020.
Below are screenshots of misleading posts:
The written caption in Hindi was translated into English as: “A Hindu man in Mandawa, Rajasthan had to pay the price after he told the Jihad terrorists to stay away from his house during the lockdown. He was killed by them. Administration is requested to arrest the culprit immediately. It will be difficult to handle if our patience is broken. “
Mandawa is a small town northeast of Rajasthan.
The post was circulated after the Indian government put the country in a 21-day confinement in an attempt to curb Co-19 pandemic. Lockdown extended for 19 days on April 14, 2020, like reported by AFP.
But the claim is wrong.
Yandex inverted image search with a video key frame extracted with InVID-WeVerify, a digital verification tool, found the same recording published on YouTube here on March 24, 2020. The YouTube channel is called “gujranwala city”, which is a city in the Punjab province of Pakistan.
The video description in Urdu was translated into English as: “The incident at Chak 179 GB, Gojra Tehsil has been revealed. Noma Shahid was axed by the relatives of the girl he liked. “
Local police said the violent incident shown in the video occurred in March 2020 at Toba Tek Singh, a district in central Punjab.
“This incident took place in the jurisdiction of our police station. The people accused have been arrested and sent to prison and an investigation is underway,” Muhammad Ataullah, a Toba Tek Singh police official, told AFP by telephone on April 24, 2020.
A Pakistani journalist at the AFP bureau Islamabad analyzed the recording. He found a male voice heard saying “Who?” and “Yes” in Punjabi from the eight-second mark to the ten-second mark in the video.
The Express Tribune reported that the victim’s in-laws “cut off his arms and legs with an ax to repay his marriage to a woman from their family.”
The Press Trust of India, an Indian news agency, also reported the incident in an article published here on March 27, 2020, by The Hindu, a major English language newspaper.
Police in Rajasthan write on Twitter that the footage did not show attacks in their country, because they urged social media users to stop sharing false information.
ीारी अपील: सच समझें, सच का साथ दे।#FakeNews ना फैलाएं।
– Rajasthan Police (@PoliceRajasthan) April 11, 2020
Tweet in Hindi was translated into English as: “The main culprit in Mandawa, the Jaisalmer incident has been captured. The viral video of the incident is fake, it is from Faisalabad Pakistan. Decisive action will be taken against those who release these fake videos. Don’t spread #fakenews . “
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