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Viral clip not of ‘jihadis’ opening fire in Kanpur, but of 2021 row over meat prices in Bareilly

The original video is from Bhojipura, which falls under UP’s Bareilly district, where violence had broken out last May, allegedly over the sale of meat.

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New Delhi: A short 15-second video clip, featuring a mob and two men who can be seen brandishing guns, has gone viral on the microblogging site Twitter. Users are purportedly claiming the video is of “jihadis of Kanpur”, openly firing with “state-of-the-art weapons”.

The video gained traction after the recent violence in Kanpur following derogatory remarks against The Prophet by BJP leaders Nupur Sharma and Naveen Kumar Jindal.

A twitter user, who has now deleted the tweet, first shared the video on 10 June 2022, with a caption that suggested it was from Kanpur in which “Muslims were firing indiscriminately”, while the police merely used tear gas to counter their attacks.

The video spread like wildfire, prompting several users to tag authorities and call for legal action against the “rioters”

Fact check: The video is in fact one year old and has resurfaced on the Internet now, falsely claiming to be a fresh incident. According to the original caption, the video was shot outside the Dhaura Tanda Police station in Bareilly district of Uttar Pradesh when violence broke out over a controversy on meat.

The altercation reportedly took place between Jaleesh Ahmed and Salim Qureshi, residents of Dhaura Tanda village in Bhojipura, Bareilly.

The report said Jaleesh Ahmed of the Banjara fraternity gave his shop on rent to Salim Qureshi and put a condition that he would sell meat fairly. It was alleged that Salim Qureshi increased the price of meat one Sunday from Rs 150 a kg to Rs 250. “There was a dispute when the Banjara community opposed this,” the report said.

Jaleesh Ahmed apparently reached the spot and asked Qureshi to vacate the shop. The report added that people of the Banjara community subsequently beat up Salim Qureshi. In retaliation, Qureshi’s family members fired in the air in the market.

Police records said the altercation was due to the difference in the price of the meat.

BJP followers cash in

Many BJP followers and members shared the clip on Twitter, including Major Surendra Poonia, who has a following of close to six lakh users. He shared the video suggesting the incident happened on 10 June this year, but soon deleted his tweet :

A news reporter of Sudarshan News posted the video with the caption: “These are the jihadis of Kanpur who were openly firing indiscriminately with state-of-the-art weapons and the police were only hurling tear gas shells.”

A tweet by a defence analyst, sharing the video, garnered almost over 1.5K likes

(in collaboration with SM Hoaxslayer) 

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