Photos From UP Viral as Police Attacking CAB Protesters in Assam

Multiple images are being shared with a claim that it shows Assam police thrashing the CAB protesters. 

Updated13 Dec 2019, 11:21 AM IST
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The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, which was passed in the Lok Sabha on 9 December and in the Rajya Sabha on 11 December, has led to widespread protests across the country.

At least two people died due to bullet injuries on Thursday, 12 December, after police opened fire on protesters in Assam's Guwahati. Amid the flare up between police and protesters in different parts of the country, a lot of misinformation is doing the rounds on social media.

CLAIM

Multiple images on the internet are being shared with a claim that it shows Assam Police beating the protesters. Its caption says, “Assam is burning. Protesters protesting against Citizenship (Amendment) Bill are being physically molested and female protesters are being beaten up by male police personnel without any valid reason (sic),” the claim reads.

Screenshot of the claim.
Screenshot of the claim.
(Photo Courtesy: Twitter/Maitrayee Baruah)
Screenshot of the picture shared on Facebook. 
Screenshot of the picture shared on Facebook. 
(Photo Courtesy: Facebook/Ajoy Thakuria)

The images are also being shared on Twitter with a similar claim.

Screenshot of the claim shared on Twitter. 
Screenshot of the claim shared on Twitter. 
(Photo Courtesy: Twitter) 

TRUE OR FALSE?

The Quint could confirm that the images were being circulated with a misleading claim. They do not show cops beating the protesters in Assam.

On conducting a reverse image search of all the pictures, we found out that the pictures are from Uttar Pradesh.

Let's take a look at them one by one.

IMAGE 1

Congress youth worker thrashed by the police during the Unnao rape protest.
Congress youth worker thrashed by the police during the Unnao rape protest.
(Photo Courtesy: Image shared by user Ajoy Thakuria on Facebook)

On conducting a reverse image search using the Yandex search engine we found a report by Free Press Journal which carried this image with a headline saying, “Watch: UP Police gets active, thrashes Cong youth workers protesting Unnao rape.”

Screenshot
Screenshot
(Source: Free Press Journal)

Several users on Twitter had shared the incident calling out the UP Police for lathicharge on protesters as they gathered outside the BJP office in Lucknow.

IMAGE 2

Woman brutally beaten, police take action after video goes viral  
Woman brutally beaten, police take action after video goes viral  
(Photo Courtesy: Image shared by user Maitrayee Baruah on Twitter.)

This image is of a married women brutally beaten in the market of Mainpuri in Uttar Pradesh. The incident dates back to December, 2016. The Quint had earlier debunked this story.

Clearly, a bunch of unrelated pictures have been used to claim that they are of the protest in Assam against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, but the truth is, they are not.

PROTESTS AGAINST CITIZENSHIP BILL IN ASSAM

Amid unrest over Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, at least two people died due to bullet injuries on Thursday, 12 December, after police opened fire on protesters in Assam's Guwahati.

Indefinite curfew has been imposed and mobile internet services have been suspended in various parts of the state as protesters took to streets after the Bill was passed in both the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha.

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Published: 12 Dec 2019, 03:33 PM IST

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