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The video of a 13-year-old boy being executed by a criminal gang in Venezuela is being shared as that of an electrician from UP
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New Delhi: A video of an electrician being abducted, thrashed, and beheaded by a mob in Uttar Pradesh’s Muzaffarnagar went viral on WhatsApp.

The video is being shared in two parts. The first part shows electrician Anuj being thrashed and subsequently dragged inside a house. The second part of the video shows a man being beheaded by a mob.

The first part of the video is from 3 May 2021 when the incident occurred. The Muzaffarnagar Police had then booked eight persons under Sections 147 (rioting), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 332 (voluntarily causing hurt to public servant), 342 (wrongful confinement), 506 (criminal intimidation), and 504 (intentional insult with intent to break peace) of the Indian Penal Code after Anuj filed an FIR.

According to the FIR, Anuj was allegedly assaulted by Muslim men over an argument for changing an overhead wire cable which he had refused to change without permission from his seniors.

The FIR further says that after being thrashed, Anuj was abducted and locked inside a house from where he dialled the police helpline number to escape.

According to a report in Dainik Jagran, four of the eight accused were arrested by the police in May.


However, the second part of the video isn’t from Muzaffarnagar. Anuj wasn’t beheaded by Muslim men. Instead, two videos from different times and places have been stitched together.

The second video is from Venezuela, where a 13-year-old boy was executed by a criminal gang in the country in 2018.

According to a report in the Daily Mail UK, the boy was a victim of Venezuela’s ‘Megabandas’, criminal gangs specialising in kidnapping, extortion and targeted killings.

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