Spread awareness on fake video, say police

The five-minute video clip which the police have said is fake showing two persons being beaten to death by a mob and which is believed to have fuelled the communal violence in Muzaffarnagar, has gone viral in several districts of western UP. Officials said it is circulating in Meerut, Bijnore, Baghpat and Shamli.

According to the police, video was made at least two years ago and was shot either in Pakistan or Afghanistan.

Police officials of these districts are telling the people that the video clip is fake and had nothing to do with Muzaffarnagar incident which took place on August 27 in which two persons were beaten to death by locals after they allegedly killed a youth from the minority community.

The police are taking help of public representatives, including sitting and former pradhans of the villages, asking them to organise meetings in their areas to spread awareness about the clip. Meerut Senior SP Deepak Kumar said he is holding meetings with people and explaining to them that the video has nothing to do with Muzaffarnagar incident.

Apart from police, officials of district administration are also holding meetings with public and trying to convince them.

Baghpat SP Laxmi Singh said she had also released a statement so that it is widely circulated that the video is fake. She said police officials in her districts are holding meetings and telling people that the photos in the video are morphed.

In its inquiry, the police found that one Shivam Kumar had downloaded the video from YouTube and posted it on Facebook, relating it to Muzaffarnagar. Police also found that among the people who shared the video include BJP MLA from Sardhana in Meerut Sangeet Singh Som. The police registered an FIR against the MLA, Shivam Kumar and 229 unidentified persons for sharing the video. No one has been arrested.

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