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Boy in viral video calling for hanging of politician not minor thrashed for entering UP temple

Social media users are sharing viral video of young boy with the false claims that he is the same Muslim minor who was thrashed for drinking water from a temple in Ghaziabad.

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New Delhi: A video of a boy calling for the hanging of Kamlesh Tiwari, former chief of the Hindu Samaj Party, has gone viral, with the claim that it features the 14-year-old minor who was assaulted for drinking water from a local temple in Ghaziabad.

In the 49-second video, a young boy in a skull cap can be seen reciting a poem that calls for the hanging of Tiwari and violence against anyone who speaks against Islam or the Prophet.

The former UP politician had made an inflammatory speech against Prophet Mohammed in 2015. He was later killed in his residence-cum-office in Khurshid Bagh, Lucknow on 18 October 2019.

Several users on social media are now circulating the video with the claim that this is the same Muslim boy who was thrashed by a sevak of the mandir in Ghaziaba’s Dasna for drinking water.

On 21 March, a Twitter user Uma Shankar Rajput shared the video with this claim and it was retweeted almost 2,000 times.

Another user Acharaya Ankur Arya, who has more than 60,000 followers, also tweeted the video and wrote, “arey ye kya? Ye shantidoot jehadi bachcha nafrat faila raha hai? Ye toh sapola hai? Isse doodh pilao ya paani, uglega zahar he?” (this jehadi, messenger of peace, is spreading hate. Is he a snake? Give him milk or water, in the end all he’ll spew is poison). His tweet was also retweeted more than 1,000 times.

Fact check

The boy in the video is not the minor who was thrashed in Ghaziabad but is a local poet-cum-singer from Pratapgarh. The video was posted on Facebook in 2019.

The minor poet also participated in a local competition in 2020, covered by Waqt Media, a Mushiara channel on YouTube.

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