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Video of a Muslim boy stabbed in Hyderabad falsely shared with a communal narrative


A video is being shared on social media with a claim that a Hindu boy has been stabbed and killed by Muslims in Andhra Pradesh. Let’s fact-check the claim made in the post.

The archived version of the post can be found here.

Claim: Video of a Hindu boy stabbed and killed by Muslims in Andhra Pradesh.

Fact: The incident in the video took place in Hyderabad (Telangana), not in Andhra Pradesh. The boy in the video is Mohammed Imran Khan. The Police suspect that he was killed over a family dispute. The accused in the case are Imran’s half-brothers and their associates. There is no communal angle to the incident. Hence the claim made in the post is FALSE.

When the screenshots of the video were run through Google Reverse Image Search, a similar video was found in the search results. In the description of the video, it was written that the incident happened in Hyderabad (Telangana) and the name of the boy is Imran Khan. So, when searched with the keywords, many videos related to the incident were found. Talking to media, Imran’s brother accused the stepbrother (son of their father’s other wife) Mehtab and his associates behind the murder. The videos can be watched here and here.

The news articles regarding the incident can be read here and here. In the ‘Telangana Today’ article, it can be read that the accused in the case are Mehtab Taleb, Arbaz, Amir and Ghouse. Talking to media, Chakravarthy Gummi (Additional DCP (Task Force)) said, ‘After the death of Ghalib Khan (father), the elder son of Habeebunnisa got a government job on compassionate grounds and she had reportedly retained the property also. Ruksana, the second wife, developed a grudge as she felt that she did not get an equal share in the property of her husband or other benefits. Therefore, Ruksana’s sons, Taleb, Ghouse and Mehtab, planned to kill Imran, Habeebunnisa’s son’. Talking to FACTLY, the Rein Bazar SHO has also clarified that the claim made in the post is not true and that the victim & accused both are Muslims. He also mentioned that family disputes could be the reason for the crime. The FIR filed in this case by the Rein Bazar police can be seen here.

To sum it up, the boy in this video is not a Hindu and the incident happened in Hyderabad.

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