Fact Check: Were madrasa students forced to chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’ in UP’s Unnao?
Unnao police detained four youths with links to the incident. But, after investigation, it concluded that there was no such ‘communal fight’. According to police, it was a case of altercation during match.
New Delhi: Chants of ‘Jai Shri Ram’ by coercion, followed by thrashing – has become a regular occurrence. But, how much of this is truth and how much is false claim – all that can be ascertained only after proper investigation of the matter.
What was Viral News?
A week ago, four madrasa students in Unnao district of Uttar Pradesh alleged that they were forced to chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’ and when they refused to do so, they were assaulted in public.
The boys were allegedly beaten up with cricket stumps and bats. Imam of Jama Masjid in Unnao claimed the role of Bajrang Dal in the incident and claimed, “10-12 boys of madrasas were playing cricket when a group of youths approached them and forced to chant Jai Shri Ram.
“When they refused, they were allegedly slapped and thrashed with cricket bats and stumps and were also chased when the madrasa students started fleeing the spot,” Imam added.
After the incident landed on social media, the news started spreading like wildfire and became the talking point by evening. Madrasa imam also allegedly issued warning to the right-wing groups.
Police action on Viral News:
An FIR was registered against four persons at the Kotwali police station in Unnao on charges of assault, voluntarily causing hurt, intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of peace and criminal intimidation. While three accused were identified as Aditya Shukla, Kranti and Kamal, the fourth was unidentified.
What impact it created? :
The unverified incident, which went viral on social media, incited anger and resentment among both communities. Imam warned of communal unrest while the right-wing activists were up in the arms against detention of 4 youths. They even shouted slogans outside the police station.
What was the Real Fact? :
Initially, Unnao police detained four youths with links to the incident. But, after investigation, it concluded that there was no such ‘communal fight’. According to police, it was a case of altercation during match and not a communal clash.
Praveen Kumar, IG, law and order, said at a press conference that the incident occurred when two groups of children clashed while playing cricket match.
“In the preliminary inquiry it has been found no slogans of ‘Jai Shri Ram’ were made and also some named in the FIR were found not present at the spot,” he said.
FAKE video doctored… exposes itself
The viral video itself gave clues about its false identity and its morphed content. When the person shooting the video asks the child to stand up and recall what happened, a voice from the background can also be heard – “Also speak about what you were told.”
These ‘behind the camera’ words are enough to expose the motive of miscreants, who wanted to lit up communal fire. First, create a fake news and spark off a major controversy – seems to be their objective.
Conclusion – Fact or Rumour ?
This makes us conclude that violent clashes between students happened in Unnao but attempt to give it communal colour was wrong.