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Assaulted BJP party worker in West Bengal is being portrayed as the Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan

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A post is being circulated on social media claiming it as the video of BJP MP Harsh Vardhan being assaulted by the public in a rally. Visuals of a mob attacking a person can be seen in the video. Let’s verify the claim made in the post.

The archived version of this post can be found here.

Claim: Video of Union Minister Harsh Vardhan assaulted by the public.

Fact: The video shows a BJP party worker being assaulted by the members of Trinamool Congress party (TMC) during a rally in West Bengal. In 2016, BJP MP Babul Supriyo and his convoy were attacked by the TMC members during a rally at Asansol district in West Bengal. Hence, the claim made in the post is FALSE.

On reverse image search, similar visuals were found in a video published by ‘ABP News’ YouTube channel on ‘19 October 2016’. In the description of the video, it is mentioned as the attack on BJP MP Babul Supriyo by the members of Trinamool Congress party (TMC) members in Asansol, West Bengal. On searching for more details using these keywords, the same visuals were found in a video published by the official ‘ANI News’ YouTube channel. In the description, it is mentioned that the Union Minister Babul Supriyo and his convoy were attacked by the TMC supporters on ‘19 October 2016’  in West Bengal’s Asansol district. It is mentioned that the mob pelted stones and thrashed BJP party workers in the presence of police officials. ANI also reported that visuals show a BJP worker being thrashed and that his clothes were ripped off by the TMC members.

The same visuals with a similar description were also found in a video posted by ‘inKhabar’ news channel on YouTube. News articles about this incident can be seen here and here.

To sum it up, assaulted BJP party worker in West Bengal is being falsely portrayed as the Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan.

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