A distressing video of policemen brutally beating a man by pushing him to a fencing has resurfaced with claims that it documents torture meted out to students who were protesting against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) in Delhi.
The video shows two policemen pushing a young man against an iron fencing and beating him up with a baton. The man can be seen pleading to officers while crying in pain as cops continue to thrash him. It is viral with a text in Malayalam, that translates to, "Another dangerous scene from Delhi. This is the cruelty of Delhi Police towards student". Original text in Malayalam: മറ്റൊരു ഞെട്ടിക്കുന്ന ഭികര ദൃശ്യം. ഡൽഹിപോലിസ് വിദ്യാർത്ഥികളോട് കാണിക്കുന്ന ക്രൂരത.
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Students of Jamia Millia Islamia and Aligargh Muslim University faced a crackdown by police on December 15 for protesting against the Citizenship law. Footage of police brutality on students of the varsities have been flooding the internet. The crackdown on the universities have triggered protests across educational institutes.
The video is viral on Facebook and Twitter, with the same narrative.
മറ്റൊരു ഞെട്ടിക്കുന്ന ഭികര ദൃശ്യം. ഡൽഹിപോലിസ് വിദ്യാർത്ഥികളോട് കാണിക്കുന്ന ക്രൂരത - 😪😪😪 pic.twitter.com/cn8jdhkDav— ഞാൻ, സഖാ:പുതുക്കാടൻ (@LEIONPUTHUKKADE) December 16, 2019
BOOM found that the video is five years old and is not linked to the recent CAA protests happening across the country. We broke the video into its key frames and performed a reverse image search on its frames. We were directed to the same video that was uploaded in a news report by Dailymail in January, 2014. The article was titled, 'Beaten and robbed of his wallet by the police: Brutality caught on camera as man is forced to grip railings as he is whipped'. According to the news report, the video documents police brutality on a pickpocket, who was caught red handed. The article also reports that three of the policemen involved in the brutal act were later identified by the department and suspended.
Read the full article here
Video posted by Aam Aadmi Party's Facebook page
BOOM also found that a longer version of the video was earlier posted by Aam Aadmi Party on their Facebook page. It was filmed near Red Fort in Delhi.
The description in the video says the incident took place on January 12, 2014, when the Delhi police had brutally hurt the man and extorted money from him.
According to a report in Times of India the original video was 20 minutes long, shot by one Kapil Kumar. Read the article here
Updated On: 2019-12-23T12:06:55+05:30
Claim Review : Video showing man getting brutally beaten by Delhi Police
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Fact Check : False