In light of recent clash between Amritsar police and followers of Pro-Khalistan leader and chief of Waris Punjab De, a video of assailants chopping off fingers of a man is being widely shared with a claim linking the video to recent Pro-Khalistan activity in Punjab. Sharing the video, the post claims that Khalistan terrorists chopped off the hand of a man. Through this article let’s fact-check the claim made in the post.
Claim: Visuals of Khalistan terrorists chopping off hand of a man.
Fact: These visuals are from an incident where three assailants chopped off the fingers of man, as an act of revenge for a murder. The incident reportedly took place in Mohali, on 08 February 2023. Further, the police did not mention of the relation to Pro-Khalistan activities to the incident. Hence, the claim made in the post is FALSE.
On 23 February 2023, supporters of Amritpal Singh, a Pro-Khalistan leader and chief of Waris Punjab De, stormed the Ajnala police station in Amritsar with his supporters and clashed with them seeking the release of one of his colleagues who had been taken into custody in an alleged kidnapping case.
Following this incident, a video surfaced on social media platforms, wherein assailants can be seen chopping the fingers of a man, linking the incident to the recent pro-Khalistan activity in the state.
However, this video is not related to the pro-Khalistan activities but another separate incident that took place in Mohali. Moreover, this incident is reported much earlier on 08 February 2023. According to news reports, it is an act of revenge for murder that had taken place six months ago.
Deputy Superintendent of Police (city 1) Harinder Singh Mann told Indian Express that Gaurav along with two others attacked the victim Hardeep Singh, suspecting his involvement in Gaurav’s brother’s murder, six months ago.
Further, Mann said that an FIR has been registered against the three at Phase-1 police station under section 365 (kidnapping), 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention), 379-B (snatching) and under other relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
Another news report that carried the concerned police officers’ statements can be viewed here. None of these reports suspected any involvement of pro-Khalistan terrorists. Hence, it is evident that this incident is not way related to recent pro-Khalistan activities.
To sum it up, these visuals of assailants chopping off the hand is not related to the recent pro-Khalistan activities in Punjab.