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Old video of police lathi-charge on anti-CAA protestors is shared as UP police lathi-charging people protesting irregularities in teacher recruitment

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A video through a post is being widely shared on social media claiming that UP police are lathi-charging people protesting the irregularities in teacher recruitment. Let us fact-check the claim made in the post.

Claim: Video of UP police lathi-charging people protesting the irregularities in teacher recruitment.

Fact: The video is from 2019 when police lathi-charged anti-CAA protestors who clashed with the police at Lucknow’s Parivartan Chowk. The Uttar Pradesh government, in 2019, held an examination to recruit 69,000 school teachers. The process had faced allegations of irregularities in quota allocation within the merit list. In December 2021, there was a clip showing a police lathi-charge on a group of people protesting the exam process, but the current viral video is not from that incident. Hence, the claim made in the post is MISLEADING.

When a reverse image search is done on the screenshots of the video, the same video was found on YouTube. The YouTube video was uploaded on 19 December 2019. The police lathi-charged anti-CAA protestors who clashed with the police at Lucknow’s Parivartan Chowk. There are news reports (here and here) on these protests that had turned violent in Lucknow when protestors pelted stones and police had to resort to lathi-charge and tear gas.

A similar video clip went viral in 2019 claiming it to be from Gujarat but Ahmedabad Police clarified in a tweet that the video was from Lucknow and not from Gujarat.

The Uttar Pradesh government, in 2019, held an examination to recruit 69,000 school teachers. The process had faced allegations of irregularities in quota allocation within the merit list. In December 2021, there was a clip showing a police lathi-charge on a group of people protesting the exam process. However, the viral clip is not from the December 2021 incident..

To sum it up, an old video of a police lathi-charge on anti-CAA protestors is shared as UP police lathi-charging people protesting the irregularities in teacher recruitment.

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