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2015 Video Of Police Lathicharge On Madrassa Teachers In Bihar Shared As Kashmir

2015 Video Of Police Lathicharge On Madrassa Teachers In Bihar Shared As Kashmir

BOOM found that the video is originally of a protest of madrassa teachers that turned violent in Bihar’s Gardanibagh in 2015

A viral video of police lathicharging madrassa teachers in Patna’s Gardanibagh area has resurfaced with false claims that it shows a police crackdown on Kashmiris after the abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir.

The video, shared by several pro-right Hindu Facebook users, has been captioned as, “distribution of prasad has begun in Kashmir,” a sarcastic dig almost encouraging the use of police excess.

(Translated from Hindi – कश्मीर मे प्रसाद बटना शुरू हो गया है )

The video is viral on multiple pages of Facebook with the same narrative.

The video is viral on Facebook

The video is viral on Facebook

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BOOM was able to ascertain that the video is from Bihar’s Gardanibagh. At the 34 second mark of the video, a signboard of the Gardanibagh Police Station can be seen.

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The Gardanibagh Police Station in the background
The Gardanibagh Police Station in the background

BOOM then ran a keyword search with “Muslims beaten in Gardanibagh” and was directed to a news report by the Times of India.

The incident happened in August, 2015, when supporters of the All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat (AIMMM) and madrassa teachers held protests to improve working conditions of over 2400 madrassas in the state.

The protesters were holding a fast unto death at the Gardanibagh stadium. According to the report they were lathicharged as soon as a group of protesters came out of the stadium. However, police allege the protesters were trying to storm the chief minister’s residence.

The same was reported by India TV, where similar visuals can be seen.

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Swasti Chatterjee is a fact-checker and the Deputy News Editor of Boom's Bangla team. She has worked in the mainstream media, in the capacity of a reporter and copy editor with The Times of India, The Indian Express and and is now working as a digital detective, debunking fake news.

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