English, Fake News

The man beating the pastor is not a BJP worker and the incident is from Telangana state


Some users on Facebook are sharing a post with a video alleging that in Bengaluru, a church priest was beaten by a BJP karyakarta. Let’s try to analyze the claims made in the post.

The archived version of the post can be found here.

Claim: In Bengaluru, a BJP karyakarta beat a church priest.

Fact: The church priest Anand Rao was beaten by Shanta Kumar, a fellow Christian, for refusing to reinstate him into the Church committee. This incident took place in Bhadradri Kothagudem of Telangana State. Hence the claim is FALSE.

When one carefully hears the language used in the video, it can be concluded that the language used is Telugu. When searched on YouTube with the phrase “Church father beaten in Telugu states”, a  news story on this incident by Telugu News channel Tv9 was found. As per the story, in a church in Bhadradri Kothagudem of Telangana, a newly elected priest Anand Rao refused to reinstate Shanta Kumar into their Church Committee, and being angered by this, he attacked the priest causing him severe injuries to the head.

To sum it up, an incident from Bhadradri Kothagudem is shared as that of from Bengaluru, with a false narrative of BJP karyakarta attacking a Church priest.  


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