In the context of recent violence in Kanpur (UP), a video is being shared widely on social media with a claim that it shows a police officer blaming the BJP for the violence while talking over the phone. The recent violence took place when people were protesting the alleged objectionable comments by BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma against Prophet Mohammed. Let’s fact-check the claim made in the post.
Claim: Recent video of UP Police blaming the BJP for the Kanpur violence.
Fact: The video is an old one. It is not related to the recent Kanpur violence. It was taken in July 2021 during the Block Pramukh elections in Etawah. Hence the claim made in the post is FALSE.
When the screenshots of the video were run through Google Reverse Image Search, no proper information regarding the video was found in the search results. But on searching with some keywords, many similar videos were found. ‘Mojo Story’ has uploaded the same video in July 2021 and wrote – “During the counting of Uttar Pradesh’s Block Pramukh elections, SP City of Etawah district was allegedly slapped. SP City was caught on camera talking on a phone call and saying he has been slapped and the mob came with stones and bombs. He reportedly said that BJP MLA and District President were leading the mob.” Some more old posts can be seen here and here.
To sum it up, an old unrelated video of UP Police blaming the BJP for the violence is being falsely linked to the recent Kanpur violence.