A still from the video of the incident circulating on social media | Twitter | @amitmalviya
A still from the video of the incident circulating on social media | Twitter | @amitmalviya
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New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Friday launched an attack on Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel after a speeding SUV ploughed into a religious procession in the state, killing one person and injuring several others.

BJP leaders Amit Malviya and Suresh Nakhua called the incident, which occurred in the Jashpur district, an instance of “communal profiling and assault” on Hindus.

BJP IT cell chief Malviya described the incident as an “instance of communal profiling and assault on Hindus”. He also lashed out at the CM for his and Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s visits to Uttar Pradesh, where a car had allegedly run over protesting farmers at Lakhimpur Kheri on 3 October.

BJP spokesperson Nakhua echoed the claim.

Fact-check

A speeding SUV did run over a Hindu religious procession — organised to immerse Durga idols — at Pathalgaon in Chhattisgarh.

However, it does not appear to be a communal attack since the two people arrested in the incident — Bablu Vishwakarma and Shishupal Sahu — have Hindu names.

Local residents have claimed that the two were smuggling ganja and set the car on fire after the accident to destroy evidence.

An image tweeted by journalist Ritesh Mishra revealed that the SUV model was Mahindra Quanto, and a search of the number plate shows that it had been registered under the name Kameshwar Singh.

Screenshot of the vehicle owner details

Malviya and Nakhua were subsequently called out by Twitter users for sharing fake news.

In collaboration with SM Hoaxslayer


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