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Boy was thrashed for not paying back loan & the incident took place in Uttar Pradesh, not West Bengal.

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A post with a video showing some people thrashing a boy tied to a tree is being widely shared on Facebook. Let’s try to analyze the claim made in the post.

The archived version of the post can be found here.

Claim: In West Bengal, a Hindu was beaten up because he hoisted a saffron flag on the top of his house.

Fact: The video was taken in Uttar Pradesh, not West Bengal. The boy was thrashed by a group of people for not returning the money taken by him. Hence the claim made in the post is FALSE.

When searched for the video on YouTube with keywords “Boy tied to tree thrashed”, a video by ‘Times Now’ news channel containing the same visuals can be found in the search results. According to the ‘Times Now’ video, the incident took place in Deoria, Uttar Pradesh and the video went viral on March 28, 2018. The boy in the video was beaten up by a group of people for not paying back the money. It is not at all related to the flag issue claimed in the post. Also, the incident took place in the state of Uttar Pradesh, not West Bengal.

To sum it up, in Uttar Pradesh, Boy was thrashed for not paying back the money.

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