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Fact Check: 2019 Image Falsely Linked To Arrest Of Accused For Spreading Fake Video on Bihari Migrants in Tamil Nadu

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An image is widely shared on social media claiming that one of the four main accused, Manish Kashyap in a case for sharing a fake and misleading video with the claim of violence on Bihar migrants has been arrested by the Bihar Police.

The image is shared on Facebook with a caption: “बिहार के लाखों गरीब और मजदूर भाईओ के अवाज़ को उठाने वाला जाबाज़ पत्रकार मनीष कश्यप को एक अपराधी की तरह कल रात 8 बजे गिरफ्तार कर लिया गया देखिये । हम सभी आज़ाद पत्रकारिता करने वालो को एक होना होगा।” (English translation: Brave journalist Manish Kashyap, who raised the voice of millions of poor and labourers of Bihar, was arrested as a criminal yesterday night around 8 pm. We all free journalists must unite)

Here’s the link to the above post.

FACT CHECK

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

We got to know that the Bihar Police had registered a case naming four people, including Manish Kashyap, for spreading fake and misleading videos with claims of violent incidents involving Bihari migrants in Tamil Nadu. According to the information given by the Bihar Police in the tweet, Kashyap is the operator of the YouTube channel Sach Tak News.

But we could not find any such report mentioning the arrest of Manish Kashyap. According to Jagran’s report, the Economic Offences Unit of Bihar Police had registered another FIR against Manish Kashyap.

According to the report, this FIR has been registered again in the case of posting a misleading image of his arrest from his Twitter account. Bihar Police has also informed about this through its official Twitter handle. The tweet text reads: “The photo of his arrest was posted on the new Twitter handle by accused Manish Kashyap in Tamil Nadu in the case of broadcasting untrue/misleading video for the working people of Bihar, which is completely untrue and misleading. FIR is being lodged against this misleading post.”

In another report, an official from the police headquarters said that the viral image of Manish Kashyap uploaded on social media was from his arrest by the Patna Kotwali police on February 5, 2019. This is also confirmed by other news reports in 2019.

Thus, it is evident from the above information that an old image is falsely shared as the arrest of one accused in the Tamil Nadu fake video case.

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