Akhilesh Held for Protest Over Article 370? No, It’s an Old Video

An old video of former UP CM Akhilesh Yadav’s arrest went viral, falsely linking it to protests over Article 370.

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An old video of former UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav’s detention went viral with false claims.
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A video of former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav being heckled by police personnel has gone viral. The claim along the video is that he was arrested for protesting against Article 370 being effectively revoked in Jammu and Kashmir.

The claim, which is in Hindi, says “पुलिस घसीटते हुवे अखिलेश यादव को थाने ले गई।।370 के खिलाफ कर रहे थे प्रदर्शन।।ये है मोटा भाई की ताक़त बोलते कम गिसड़ते जय्दा है|”

This loosely translates to, “Police dragged Akhilesh Yadav to the station. He was protesting against Article 370. This is the power of Mota bhai (a word used to address Home Minister Amit Shah), he talks less, drags more."

The video, along with the claim, has been widely shared on social media platform Facebook.

Viral video of UP former Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav.
Viral video of UP former Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav.
(Photo: Facebook)

In the video, Yadav can be seen being detained. Before he is forced to sit in a car, he is caught saying that the party will keep protesting against “injustice” and that this is “dictatorship”.


The insinuation that Akhilesh Yadav is being arrested for protesting against Article 370 being scrapped is completely misleading.

On breaking down the video in several key frames using Invid Google Chrome extension, we came across a video which was aired by Times Now which dates back to 2011.

The video is from Lucknow and it shows Yadav being arrested on the last day of Samajwadi Party’s state-wide agitation against the then in power Mayawati government. The party reportedly was protesting against the ‘deteriorating law and order condition’ in the state.

Yadav was arrested at the Amausi airport as soon as he landed in Lucknow from New Delhi, India Today reported. Police had called his arrest a “preventive measure”.


The video had gone viral in 2017 as well, with a different claim. It had then said, "BJP की सरकार आते ही यू.पी.पूर्व मुख्यमंत्री अखिलेश यादव के साथ वदसुलुकी का ये वीडियो", which translates to “Video of UP former Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav heckled by police after BJP government came to power.”

Same video was viral in 2017 with a different claim.
Same video was viral in 2017 with a different claim.
(Photo: Facebook)

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