Fact Check

Ajay Sehrawat, BJP’s spokesperson and National Media in charge uses a 3-year-old video to spread misinformation.

Claim

Illegal encroachment was removed on the order of the court in Haldwani, then Rahul Gandhi’s close friend Imran Pratapgarhi is saying that Durga Maa’s temple should also be removed.

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Explanation

Haldwani, a small town in Uttarakhand has been in the news lately due to the controversy surrounding the High Court order regarding the alleged encroachment followed by the temporary relief provided by the Supreme Court. Using this incident, Ajay Sehrawat, BJP’s spokesperson and National in charge of Media, posted a tweet in which he claimed that Imran Pratapgarhi, Congress’ Member of Parliament from Maharashtra had called for Goddess Durga’s temple to be destroyed, along with a video of the Member of Parliament singing “Don’t die like a coward…Oh, our people of faith die while fighting crime and injustice. If a wolf pack surround you… better kill at least four or six of them before dying before you die”

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What’s the truth?

The tweets from Imran Pratapgarhi accuse that removal of alleged encroachment would result in destruction of 4365 houses, a 50-year old temple of Goddess Durga, 70-year old Shivgopal temple, a Dharamshala, 8-10 mosques in addition to two government inter-colleges, two primary schools among other public properties.

Being an Urdu poet, Imran Pratapgarhi recites poetry very often. This video tweeted by Ajay Sehrawat includes a clipped video of Imran Pratapgarhi which can be found in a YouTube channel named “One Channel” on 5th August 2019.

In the 33-minute-long video, he recites several poems against mob lynchings as there were several sporadic incidents of mob lynching of Muslim men. It is at this backdrop of several mob lynchings, Imran Pratapgarhi recited a poem which meant “Don’t die like a coward…Oh, our people of faith die while fighting crime and injustice. If a wolf pack surround you… better kill at least four or six of them before dying before you die”

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This portion of the 33-minute video alone is clipped and shared by BJP’s national in-charge of media and official spokesperson Ajay Sehrawat with a misleading quote that this is related to Haldwani encroachment issue.

Conclusion

Ajay Sehrawat used a 3-year-old video which is unrelated to Haldwani railway land encroachment issue to mislead that Imran Pratapgarhi wants to destroy Goddess Durga’s temple.

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