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Fact Check: Viral Visual Of Communal Skirmish Is From Damoh In MP, NOT Haldwani In Uttarakhand

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A video of policemen handling a large group of people is widely circulated on social media with a caption: “I Have Come Alone. I’m Standing Alone. Put A Hand On Me🔥 #AnandSinghThakur #Haldwani”. It is claimed to be from Haldwani, Uttarakhand.

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FACT CHECK

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

On closely observing the video, the NM team noticed the caption which reads: “Muslim mob surrounded a police station in Damoh, Madhya Pradesh”.

Running the video keyframes through the Reverse Image Search, our team traced a news report in the Nav Bharat Times featuring similar visuals, dated February 06, 2024. The headline reads: “Damoh: एक बंदा ही काफी है… रियल सिंघम की दहाड़ से थर्राए सैकड़ों उपद्रवी, इंटरनेट पर छाया वीडियो (English translation: Damoh: One person is enough… Hundreds of miscreants frightened by the roar of Real Singham, shadow video on Internet).” This clarifies that the video is from Damoh, NOT Haldwani.

The Times Of India YouTube channel also carries a video report featuring the same viral clip, with a title: Damoh cop surrounded by Muslim mob, dated February 06, 2024. It informs that the Damoh cop, Anand Singh Thakur, is surrounded by a Muslim mob and a man in green shirt is threatening to “chop the cop’s hands”.

With a keyword search, we found a tweet by a local journalist with a video statement of Anand Singh Thakur discussing the Damoh incident, dated February 05, 2024. The caption reads: “MP | Damoh | Anand Singh, town inspector of Damoh’s Kotwali police station has emerged as a lone wolf in Damoh’s Imam assault episode. He not only showed bravery before the crowd but also handled the situation tactfully. In just 3 mins, he burst all the propaganda around the Damoh incident.”

Hence, we can conclusively say that the viral video of the communal skirmish in Damoh, MP, falsely linked to Haldwani, Uttarakhand.

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