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Fact-Check: Old Video of Surat Police Thrashing Two People Passed Off as Recent

We found that the video dates back to December 2015, when Surat police thrashed two alleged eve-teasers.

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A video which shows a person brutally thrashing two people, while a police personnel is seen standing and watching the entire incident, is going viral on the internet as a recent incident from Gujarat.

What are users claiming?: People shared the video with a caption that said, "In Gujarat, some Muslim jihadi was harassing a Hindu girl on Rakshabandhan. Gujarat Police gave him on-the-spot treatment."

We found that the video dates back to December 2015, when Surat police thrashed two alleged eve-teasers.

An archive of the post can be found here.

(Source: Facebook/Screenshot)

We received a query about the viral video on our WhatsApp tipline. You can view similar archives of such posts here, here, here, and here.

Are these claims true?: No, the video could be traced back to at least December 2015 and is reportedly from Gujarat's Limbayat. It shows Surat police beating two people — Nadeem and Kadir — on the allegation of eve-teasing.

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How did we find that out?: Using a video verification tool, InVID WeVerify, we extracted several keyframes from the video and performed a reverse image search on them.

  • We came across a longer version of the viral video uploaded on the verified channel of India Today.

  • It was uploaded on 9 December 2015. The description of the video said, "Gujarat police brutally thrashed alleged eve-teasers using lathis on the streets of Surat."

  • The report mentioned that two people who were accused of eve-teasing were made to lie on police vehicle and were then thrashed with sticks in Gujarat's Surat.

  • Further, we found a news report published on the official YouTube channel of ABP News.

  • The video was uploaded on 9 December 2015 and was titled "Surat police beat up two alleged eve teasers publicly."

  • The report mentioned that the incident happened in Limbayat region of the state.

  • It mentioned that according to the police the two people who were beaten on the allegation of eve-teasing were named Nadeem and Kadir.

We found that the video dates back to December 2015, when Surat police thrashed two alleged eve-teasers.

The video's description mentioned that the duo were beaten in the middle of the road.

(Source: YouTube/Screenshot)

Conclusion: The video dates back to 2015 and is being falsely shared as a recent incident from Gujarat.

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