Reality of ‘youth caught on fire’ and its alleged link with Kashmir

The forest department team had come to remove encroachment from a piece of land. This infuriated villagers to an extent that one of them tried to commit suicide by pouring petrol.

Written by August 27, 2019 16:53

News that went viral

Ever since the scrapping of Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir, a stream of videos are circulating on the social media claiming atrocity and brutality on valley residents by the security forces. Message is being spread that those protesting against Centre are being beaten up and punished.

One such video tweeted on August 24 by @KhaleejMag shows a person burning alive and running helter-skelter. It claimed the video was of a Kashmiri protester who was burnt alive by the security forces in Srinagar.

What followed it?

The video was retweeted by around 2400 people and liked by 1900. Many others are still commenting on this without knowing its reality. The truth behind the viral video is something else.

The biggest thing is that this video is not from Srinagar nor is any person being tortured or punished by the Army. Actually, this video is from Jhunjhunu in Rajasthan. This is an old video that is being circulated now. In this video, you can see the person setting himself on fire.

What actually happened

The forest department team had come to remove encroachment from a piece of land. This infuriated villagers to an extent that one of them tried to commit suicide by pouring petrol. Surrounded by flames, the man in seen running behind the rural police and forest department teams. Eventually, he was saved by forest officials.

This video has nothing to do with Kashmir.

@khaleejMag is a digital media company based in Dubai, Kuwait, Qatar, and Dublin. It has around 20,000 followers on Twitter. The purpose of @KhaleejMag behind this tweet was to make this video viral just for defaming the Army and tarnishing its image.

Truth or Rumor

This video is not of Srinagar. It was a blatant attempt to spread fake news.