Sambhal’s Lathi charge against Muslim voters denying voting claims is a piece of false information!

The Sambhal police and Election Commission of India has denied those rumors

Claim

Voting is a democratic right, however, in India’s democracy, voting against Modi is prohibited. Police in #Sambhal are Lathi charging Muslim voters. As a result, given that certain voters can cast ballots, we can conclude that India is a partial democracy.

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Explanation

India will hold seven rounds of general elections between April 19, 2024, and June 1, 2024. On June 4, 2024, the results will be released to the public following the vote-counting procedure. The Lok Sabha election’s first three phases are now complete. Both parties are waging fierce back-to-back campaigns.

In this instance, a group of men and women are seen leaving a school in a 1-minute, 12-second video. It’s also noticeable that a lot of the women in the film are donning burqas, while the guys are sporting skullcaps. Abruptly, we see them rushing and emerging as we observe a few police officers hitting them with lathies. Taking out their lathi sticks, the police frighten them and make sure they flee quickly. It appears that the footage was taken from a neighboring home’s terrace. This post is shared with a claim stating, “Voting is a democratic right, however, in India’s democracy, voting against Modi is prohibited. Police in Sambhal are Lathi charging Muslim voters.” One can view a similar claim post here.

What’s the truth?

Along with the viral keyframes, we conducted a relevant keyword search on Google to begin our investigation. This brought us to a tweet posted on May 7, 2024, by the Sambhal Police.

The post was captioned “The crowd that entered the polling station was controlled and taken out so that voting could be done in an orderly queue. No violence took place.”

We took this as a cue and searched further and found a tweet by the Election Commission Of India on May 8, 2024. In the post, it read “A video is shared on X with a misleading claim about the conduct of polling at a PS in Uttar Pradesh in Phase 3 of GE2024. In this regard, @DmSambhal has already issued a clarification after the inquiry. No voter was denied their right to cast a vote. The claim made is false.” They also added the hashtag Verify Before You Amplify to the tweet.

The tweet further added the district magistrate of Sambhal’s clarification also. This read as “An investigation has been conducted about the said video. Upper Primary School Oberi has four booths. During voting, a large number of people were standing unnecessarily inside the polling center premises after voting. Those who were taken out by the security personnel and voting was conducted by systematically re-forming the lines. By 1 pm, 40% voting has been completed at the above four booths and still a good number of people are voting peacefully.”

With all of the data in hand, it is evident that the Election Commission of India and the Sambhal police have denied the reports that the viral video from Uttar Pradesh prevented Muslims from casting ballots is not true.

Conclusion:

Therefore, we deduce that the widely circulated rumor that Muslim voters in Sambhal were lathi-charged and refused to vote is incorrect. The Election Commission of India and the Sambhal police denied and tweeted on X that those allegations were untrue.

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Indu Meenakshi

Indu Meenakshi is a former Microbiologist-turned-journalist, works as a Sub-Editor at YouTurn. She additionally holds Master’s in Management and English Literature. As a fact-checker, her job entails actively dispelling false information found online, exposing fake news, and raising public awareness.
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