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This video of the police making boys play Pungi (wind instrument) in the ears is from Madhya Pradesh


A post is being shared on social media accompanied by a video in which police officers make two boys play pungi into each other’s ears. According to the post, this was done to teach them a lesson. The post claims that this incident happened in Uttar Pradesh. Let’s fact-check this post through this article.

Claim: Uttar Pradesh police teach a lesson to two men by making them play pungi into each other’s ears.

Fact:  This incident occurred during the Dussehra celebrations in Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh. According to Dainik Bhaskar, the Jabalpur Police, while running a special campaign against the nuisance and ruckus created by miscreants during the Navratri festival, punished them so that the rioters took an oath that they would never do such an act again.’ Hence, the claim made in the post is MISLEADING.

Running a keyword search on the internet led us to several news reports on this incident. News reports by Dainik Bhaskar and News18 can be read here and here.

Reportedly, Jabalpur police taught a few mischievous youths who created a nuisance by blowing pungi loudly near people’s ears during the Navratri celebrations by making them play pungi in each other’s ears. This was captured on camera.

ETV Bharath and ABP Live also reported on this incident, which can be read here and here. Jabalpur is in Madhya Pradesh and not in Uttar Pradesh.

To sum up, this video of the police playing Pungi (wind instrument) in the ears of young men is from Madhya Pradesh.


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