Video of Mock Drill by UP Police Shared With a ‘Corona Jihad’ Spin

The video is actually of a mock drill which was conducted by Ayodhya police on 2 April. 

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The video is actually of a mock drill which was conducted by Ayodhya police on 2 April. 
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CLAIM

A video which purportedly shows police taking action against a man who jumps out of his car and points a gun at the cops, is being widely shared online with a claim that the Uttar Pradesh police has not been letting people with COVID-19 enter the state.

The message shared along with the video in Hindi reads: “#उत्तरप्रदेश के चौरे बाजार की घटना ... जय #योगी राज👌👌 #कोरोना #जेहादियों क्या तुम्हें नही पता था कि ये UP का #अयोध्या मर्यादा पुरुषोत्तम श्री राम की धरातल है God job UP police जय हिंद जय भारत |”

[Translation: This incident happened in Chor Bazaar in Uttar Pradesh. Do the corona jihadis not know that this is Ayodhya, the land of Lord Rama. Good job by UP Police.]

Screenshot of the message.
Screenshot of the message.
(Source: Facebook)

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TRUE OR FLASE?

False. The video is being shared with a misleading claim. The video is actually of a mock drill conducted by Ayodhya police on 2 April.

Speaking to The Quint, Virendra Vikram, DSP, Circle Officer Bikapur, corroborated the information and said that the video doesn’t show police action but is of a mock drill.

WHAT WE FOUND OUT

On analysing the video, we noticed that the first frame of the video carried a board which mentioned the name of the place where the incident took place.

The board has been highlighted in black.
The board has been highlighted in black.
(Source: Facebook)

Taking cue from here, we got in touch with the police officers in the area, who told us that the video is of a mock drill. We then used keywords ‘फैज़ाबाद पुलिस मोचक ड्रिल’ and looked for the video online.

We came across a video uploaded by a YouTube channel called VK News on 4 April which too mentioned that the video was of a mock drill.

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