Old video of policemen being thrashed in Kaliaganj is falsely linked to recent West Bengal violence. 

Claim

If this video of policemen being beaten is true, then the culprits should be punished after investigation.

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Explanation

Sandeshkhali village in West Bengal has been in the middle of a political issue for about a month. The chief minister, Mamata Banerjee, said that the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) is responsible for the turmoil in the violence-hit village. She also mentioned that there were other intentions during Saraswati Puja.

Meanwhile, a 29-second viral video was shared on X (formerly Twitter). In the video, we can see that a group of police personnel are being thrashed by two to three people, and police personnel are shouting and asking not to beat them. A similar video was shared recently and can be seen here, here, here, and here

What is the Truth? 

We ran a reverse search using the keyframes of the viral video, and we found that the original video was tweeted on April 26, 2023, by Trinamool Congress spokesperson and Journalist Kunal Ghosh with the caption “Kaliaganj. Despite this hooliganism, the police remained restrained and did not open fire. The Left Front police hall would have had a procession of deaths, as it did time and time again. I want the arrest of the attackers. The instigators also need to be caught. Spreading false rumors of rape and tension, this attack is punishable severely.” 

 

Similar news was reported by many media outlets, such as Sangbad Pratidin, Editorji, ABP Bengali, Eisamay, and The Wall.

This viral video from Kaliaganj in North Dinajpur shows a protest over accusations of a student being raped and murdered. The crowd set fire to the police station and attacked the police officers. This viral video is not from recent times; it has been falsely shared as recent West Bengal violence.

Conclusion

It is found that an old video of police personnel being thrashed by a mob in Kaliaganj has been shared as a result of recent West Bengal violence.

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