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Video of Vendor Mixing Urine With Water Given False Communal Angle

Jyoti Lahan, officer-in-charge of Bharalumukh police station told us that the vendor is from the Hindu community.

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A viral video on social media claimed that the street food vendor allegedly mixing urine with water belongs to the Muslim community.

However, we found that the incident that took place in Assam's Guwahati is being shared with a false claim. Jyoti Lahan, officer-in-charge of Bharalumukh police station told us that the vendor is a Hindu and has been identified as Akrul Sahini.

CLAIM

The claim along with the video reads: "पहले जग में पेशाब किया और वह पेशाब पीने वाले पानी में आधा डाला और आधा बाहर फेंक दिया ताकि ग्राहक को भी पता ना चले बाहर खाने पीने के शौकीन लोगों इन जिहादियों का क्या करोगे"

(Translated: First, passed urine in a jug and then he poured half of the into the drinking water and threw the other half so that the customer doesn't even know. People who are fond of eating and drinking outside, what will you do about these jihadis)

Jyoti Lahan, officer-in-charge of Bharalumukh police station told us that the vendor is from the Hindu community.

You can view the archived version here.

(Source: Twitter/ Screenshot)

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Several social media users shared the video on Facebook and Twitter with the same claim and the archived version of the posts can be viewed here, here, and here.

Jyoti Lahan, officer-in-charge of Bharalumukh police station told us that the vendor is from the Hindu community.

The video is massively viral on Facebook.

(Source: Facebook/ Screenshot)

WHAT WE FOUND OUT

We searched on Google using relevant keywords and came across an article by 'Time8' that carried a screengrab of the viral video and mentioned that the incident took place in Guwahati in Assam.

The article identified the man seen in the video as one Akrul Sahini who was arrested for allegedly mixing urine in water used for cleaning utensils at his stall by the roadside.

Another report by Pratidin Time published on Friday, 20 August, mentioned that the 60-year-old Sahini, a street food vendor, is a resident of Bharalumukh’s Bhootnath area.

Jyoti Lahan, officer-in-charge of Bharalumukh police station told us that the vendor is from the Hindu community.

The article identified the accused as Akrul Sahini.

(Source: Website/ Screenshot)

We then reached out to Jyoti Lahan, officer-in-charge of Bharalumukh police station who said that the accused is not from the Muslim community.

"He belongs to the Hindu community and his name is Akrul Sahini who is from Bihar. He has been arrested and his license has also been cancelled."
Jyoti Lahan, officer-in-charge of Bharalumukh police station

Evidently, a viral video of a vendor allegedly mixing urine with water was used to falsely claim that he is from the Muslim community.

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