Fact Check: Does this video show cops punishing UP offenders? No, the viral video is from Pakistan
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has a reputation for being tough on crime. It’s a reputation that has earned him the nickname “Bulldozer Baba”. The CM is often praised on social media for the state government’s repressive policies.
Against this backdrop, a video of people being subjected to the so-called “murga” punishment in a police station has gone viral with the claim that this is how crimes are handled in Yogi Adtynath’s Uttar Pradesh.
The India Today Anti Fake News War (AFWA) room discovered that this video was not from Uttar Pradesh at all. He was from Pakistan.
With the help of InVID and reverse image search, we discovered that the viral video had been uploaded to a Pakistani YouTube channel called “Urdu Updates” on March 29, 2020. The title of the video read: “How Mansehra Police Punish Who Violates Lockdown, Video Viral Now”.
Taking that as a hint, we searched with relevant keywords and found a news clip from Geo Newspublished on March 29, 2020.
The report contained a longer version of the viral video and said the lockdown violators were punished with “murga” by police officers at a police station in Mansehra, the capital of Mansehra district located in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, in Pakistan.
The “murga” punishment, commonly used in several South Asian countries, involves adopting a rooster-like position, crouching down and then looping the arms behind the knees and holding the ears firmly.
On March 30, 2020, a Twitter account belonging to Mansehra Police responded to someone who shared the video and called the action reprehensible. The police station’s report indicates that it became aware of the incident and informed that an investigation would be carried out.
DIG hazara or DPO mansehra ny is already waqiya ka notice b liya hy… or ainda sy kisi b thany main is tarha ki punishment dainy sy baz rehny ka b kaha hy… investigation ho rage hy jald ap ko agaa karen gy
— Mansehra Police Officer (@mansehrapolice1) March 30, 2020
Thus, it is more than clear that the video in question is neither from Uttar Pradesh nor recent. This is a 2020 video from Pakistan.
ClaimThe video shows how the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath punishes wrongdoers.ConclusionThis video is not from Uttar Pradesh; he is from pakistan. In 2020, this video went viral after Mansehra lockdown violators in Pakistan were punished with “murga” by local police.
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