A video of an angry crowd thrashing supporters of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) Jai Mangal Kanojiya from Maharajganj, Uttar Pradesh is being shared on social media with the claim that the MLA was beaten up recently, ahead of the upcoming polls.
However, we found the video is from 2018 when the BJP MLA representing the Sadar seat and his supporters were beaten up by angry villagers in Maharajganj in UP for not fulfilling election promises.
The video is being shared with the claim in Hindi stating that a BJP leader was beaten up with slippers in Uttar Pradesh insinuating that the video is recent.
Another archived link of the video shared with the same claim can be seen here. The post has over 40,000 shares.
WHAT WE FOUND OUT
The video carried a logo of the Hindi news channel News24.
We then checked the YouTube channel of News24 and searched with relevant keywords in Hindi and found the video from 2018. The 3:40 minute video was published on 5 December 2018.
The report mentioned that when BJP MLA Kanojia had gone to a village in Maharajganj, UP, along with his supporters, when the people got angry at him for not fulfilling election promises, a scuffle broke out between the villagers and the supporters.
Further, we also found a news report published three years back on Dainik Bhaskar. The report read that the clash had taken place in Barwan Raja village in Maharajganj district when Kanojiya had taken out the 'Kamal Sandesh' Yatra.
Clearly, a video from 2018 is being shared on social media with a misleading claim that it shows a recent video of the BJP MLA getting beaten up.