No, Uddhav Thackeray Didn't Call Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb a Martyr
Uddhav Thackeray called Aurangzeb, the Kashmiri soldier, who was brutally murdered in 2018, a martyr.
A 30-second video, showing Uddhav Thackeray 'praising Aurangzeb' in his speech by calling him a martyr, is making rounds on social media.
The caption of the viral clip takes a dig at the Thackeray family and claims that Uddhav Thackeray is calling Aurangzeb, the Mughal emperor, a marytr.
WHAT WE FOUND OUT
We noticed a logo of a Marathi news channel, TV9 Marathi, on the top right corner of the video along with 'TV9 Marathi live' written at the bottom.
Taking a cue, we conducted a keyword search on Google in Marathi using 'Uddhav Thackeray Aurangzeb speech TV9 Marathi'.
This led us to a YouTube video from 8 June 2022 uploaded by the official channel of TV9 Marathi.
"One such soldier was fighting for his country. He had killed many terrorists as he was a gunman. He was abducted on his vacation while going home. A few days later, his dismembered body was found. His name was Aurangzeb who became a martyr for our country. So you are saying that he is not ours, because he is a Muslim? No matter who he is, he fought for our country and that's what 'Hindutva' is for us."Uddhav Thackeray, Chief Minister of Maharashtra
We also found an article by TV9 Marathi posted on 8 June 2022 which clarified that Thackeray spoke about the Indian soldier who was murdered in Kashmir in 2018.
Rifleman Aurangzeb belonged to 4 Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry, and was posted at the camp at Shadimarg in Shopian. He was abducted later and killed by militants in Pulwama on 14 June 2018.
This led to massive outrage in Kashmir and the Indian Army later detained three personnel of 44 Rashtriya Rifles in connection with the murder in February 2019.
Evidently, a part of Uddhav Thackeray's speech was given a spin to mislead that he called Aurangzeb, the Mughal emperor, a martyr who died for the country.
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