New Delhi: A video of former Maharashtra MLA Waris Pathan arguing with a police official over offering namaz at a mosque has been widely shared on social media to falsely claim that he is “threatening” police to let the mosque remain open amid the nationwide lockdown.
In the 55-second video, Pathan, the former AIMIM MLA from Byculla in Mumbai, is asking the police official not to trouble those offering namaz.
“Deshmukh sahab, I have never disrupted law and order. These are innocent people who have been offering namaz at this mosque for 40 years. Don’t try to shut down the mosque or the loudspeakers. Don’t enter our mosques with shoes on,” Pathan says in the video, which went viral on Facebook.
A user named Col Retd Rummy Patel shared the video Tuesday, saying: “See their dadagiri with our Coronavirus warriors who is doing their duty towards us to save our lives & these type of mullahs are threatening the police officer who is doing his duty very honestly (sic).”
His post has been shared over 800 times until the publication of this report.
Patel also shared the video in a group called ‘We Support Republic’ on Facebook, where it has been shared over 1,000 times so far.
Several other Facebook users shared the video, saying: “If this is the situation, Don’t expect to open the lockdown on 3rd may 2020 (sic).”
On Twitter, the video has been shared by people who tagged Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah.
A user named Rishabh Singh shared the video, saying: “Waris Pathan is showing his strength in Byculla, Mumbai.”
The video is also doing the rounds on WhatsApp.
The video is actually four years old, and two minutes and 16 seconds long.
Pathan was arguing with the police official in the video after he asked him to lower the volume of the loudspeaker at the mosque.
After a few seconds of confrontation with the official, in the rest of the video, Pathan is seeing telling people nearby to maintain law and order, and also that the police have not come to disrupt their namaz.
In collaboration with SM Hoaxslayer