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Fact Check: 2018 Clip From UP Viral As West Bengal MLA Thrashing A Police Personnel

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A video showing a man thrashing the police personnel has gone viral on social media, claiming that the man assaulting the cops is West Bengal MLA Mansoor Mohammad Dimir.  

The video is being shared on Facebook with a caption: बंगाल के विधायक मंसूर मोहम्मद दिमिर को देखें. जब पुलिस का वर्दी आन ड्यूटी ये हाल है तो बंगाली जनता का क्या हाल होगा…! इस वीडियो को शेयर करें ताकि पूरे भारत में देखा जा सके। (English translation: See Bengal MLA Mansoor Mohammad Dimir. When this is the condition of the police in uniform on duty, then what will be the condition of the Bengali people…! Share this video so that it can be seen all over India.)

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FACT CHECK 

NewsMobile fact-checked the above claim, and found it to be FALSE. 

Performing a Reverse Image Search of the video keyframes, the NM team traced a clip on a YouTube channel featuring the same viral video with a caption: “Meerut: BJP councillor thrashed UP police inspector.” The video had been uploaded on October 20, 2018. 

According to the description of the video, “A UP police constable beaten up by a BJP councillor in Meerut district is going viral on social media. Inspector Sukhpal along with his female friend had reached the hotel to have food in a state of intoxication. A case has been registered against the hotel owner and BJP councillor on the complaint of the woman. The police have arrested the accused.” 

We also found the video uploaded on Quint’s video report, dated October 20, 2018, with a caption: “Caught On Camera: BJP Councillor Beats Up Sub-Inspector in Meerut.”

We also came across many news articles reporting the same incident in October 2018. According to one of the articles, “Restaurant operator BJP councillor Munish Chaudhary alias Mintoo has been arrested in connection with the uproar between the inspector and his lawyer friend on Friday night at the Black Paper restaurant on the highway.” 

The UP police had also posted on Facebook warning against spreading misinformation. In a post dated September 10, 2021, it was stated, “According to Meerut police, this video is from 2018, the charge sheet has been submitted against four accused, including the then MP. Please do not spread rumours by misleading posts without verification.” 

We checked My Neta, but could not find any MLA named Mansoor Mohammad Dimir from West Bengal. 

Thus, it is clear that the video is being shared with false claims.

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