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Fact Check: Clip Of Man Bulldozing Toll Plaza In UP Shared With Fictitious Claims

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A video showing a bulldozer driver demolishing a toll plaza is being extensively circulated on social media. Many users claim that the video depicts a Muslim man, named Mohammad Sajid Ali, destroying the toll plaza in Hapur in Uttar Pradesh.

A Facebook user posted the video with a caption: This is Mohammad Sajid Ali’s JCB bulldozer from Ghaziabad. This JCB demolished two booths at the toll plaza, forcing the staff to flee for their lives when asked to pay the toll at Chhijarsi Toll Plaza, Hapur, Uttar Pradesh.#बुलडोजर_जिहादMYogiAdityanath

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FACT CHECK

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

Running a Reverse Image Search on the video keyframes, the NM team found a report by The Times of India, dated June 11, 2024, with a title: “Asked to pay: Man uses bulldozer to demolish toll booth on Delhi-Lucknow highway.”

The TOI report confirmed that a man used the bulldozer to demolish two toll booths on the Delhi-Lucknow highway in Hapur, Uttar Pradesh, after he was asked to pay the toll. The report also included a video statement by the Hapur Police official, saying that a case has been registered in the matter.

We also found a post on the Hapur Police’s X account announcing that the police teams from Pilkhuwa police station and Garhmukteshwar police station took joint action and arrested the JCB driver. 

The post included a picture of the arrested individual along with a press note identifying the accused as “Dheeraj”, NOT Mohammad Sajid Ali.

Therefore, the viral claim that Sajid Ali demolished the toll plaza is False.

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