Old, Unrelated Clips Shared as ‘UP Police Thrashing Man for Assaulting Calf'

The videos are unrelated. The man in the second video was beaten by UP police over mobile theft allegations.

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Old, Unrelated Clips Shared as ‘UP Police Thrashing Man for Assaulting Calf'

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A set of two videos - one of which shows a man assaulting a calf and the other shows several police personnel beating a man - is going viral on the internet.

What are users claiming?: People on social media have shared the videos with a caption in Hindi, which loosely translates to, "Eight days ago he had posted the video of calf twisting its neck, today Yogiji's UP (Uttar Pradesh) police posted his video."

(Note: We have refrained from adding any archives due to the distressing nature of the clips.)

The video is going viral on social media platforms.

(Source: Facebook/Screenshot)

What is the truth?: The two videos are unrelated and are being shared with a false claim.

  • The clip showing a man assaulting a calf could be traced back to at least March 2022.

  • The second one – of policemen thrashing a boy – is from May 2021, and shows police personnel beating minors in Uttar Pradesh's Chandauli over allegations of mobile theft.


Man assaulting a calf: A reverse image search led us to the same video uploaded on an Instagram page named 'Tedthestoner'.

  • It was uploaded on 23 March 2022 and its caption mentioned that the location and the person have not been identified.

  • It further criticised the person and said that such kind of cruel behaviour against animals cannot be tolerated.

The post was uploaded in March 2022.

(Source: Instagram/Screenshot/Altered by The Quint)

Policemen assaulting a boy: The Quint had previously debunked the video in 2022 when it was shared with a claim that police personnel were beating a boy for raising pro-Pakistan slogans.

  • A news report in Amar Ujala published on 2 May 2021 mentioned that three minor boys were beaten by police personnel over mobile theft allegations in Uttar Pradesh.

  • The incident took place in Mathela village which comes under the jurisdiction of Balua police station.

  • After the video of the incident went viral, Superintendent of Police Amit Kumar took note of it and suspended the in-charge of the Kailawar police station and a constable who were seen beating the minors.

The article was published in May 2021.

(Source: AmarUjala/Screenshot)

  • Further, we found a tweet posted on the official Twitter account of Chandauli Police.

  • It was posted on 2 May 2021 and said that two police personnel were suspended for their "inhumane behaviour" against the minors.

  • The minors were allegedly caught stealing inside a shop.

Conclusion: While we could not independently verify the details of the video of a man assaulting a calf, it is clear that both videos are unrelated and the viral claim is false.


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