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Fact Check: 2017 Clip Of Man Beating A Langur Viral With Fake Communal Twist

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A video showing a man mercilessly beating a langur by hanging it from a tree is doing the rounds on social media. Many users have shared the video with a communal angle, claiming that the man belongs to the Muslim community. 

A Facebook user posted the viral post with the following caption: सच बताओ, सौगंध राम की देते है, कौन कौन इस विडियो को देश भर में फैलाएगा ताकि ये हरामी जिहादी दरिंदे को सजा मिले? (English translation: Tell the truth, swear on Ram, who all will spread this video across the country so that these bastard jihadis are punished?)

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FACT CHECK

NewsMobile fact-checked the viral post, and found it to be false.

Running a Reverse Image Search of the video keyframes, the NM team traced a news article in Onmanorama — an Indian media organisation, dated December 21, 2017, with a title: Man arrested after video of killing a monkey goes viral.

According to the article, the incident took place at Gramkura village in Risod tehsil, Maharashtra, on December 16, when a 23-year-old man, with two minor boys, allegedly beat a monkey to death. The man in the video is Pawan Bangar and his two minor friends caught a monkey that had entered Bangar’s farm.

Searching further, we came across a YouTube video on the official channel of News Nation, dated December 19, 2017. The bulletin corroborates that the man in the video is Pawan Bangar along with his two accomplices. They were arrested after the video went viral. 

We could not find a single credible news source stating that the accused was a Muslim man. Therefore, we can conclusively say that the viral post, claiming that a Muslim man mercilessly beat a langur after hanging it to a tree, is fake.

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