Incident of self-immolation during an anti-encroachment drive in Bihar shared as UP

Claim

*2 people burnt themselves alive due to Babaji’s bulldozer action.*

*Ramrajya of Uttar Pradesh?*

*Yogiji’s every work now seems to be evil, how is he a “Yogi”?*-

Have patience blind devotees, one day your number will also come….

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Explanation

A video clip of a few people including policemen trying to extinguish a flame on a person and a few others pelting stones at a bulldozer is widely shared with the claim that the incident happened in Uttar Pradesh. It is mentioned that two people burnt themselves alive due to the bulldozer action of Yogi Adityanath in UP. Some of the posts can be seen here, here, and here.

The video is captioned in Hindi as “*बाबा जी के बुलडोजर चलने की करवाही को लेकर 2 लोगो ने खुद को जिंदा जलाया।* *उत्तर प्रदेश का रामराज्य?* *योगीजी का हर कार्य अब रा़*क्षसी लगता है, यह कैसेयोगीहैँ?*- धैर्य रखो अंध भक्तों एक दिन नंबरतुम्हारा भी आएगा….”

What is the truth?

When reverse searching the keyframes of the viral video it is found that the video is from Bihar and not from Uttar Pradesh. ETV Bharat article dated 16, February 2023 is found carrying matching visual from the viral video mentioning it as ‘self-immolation during removal of encroachment in Patna’.

The Times of India article reports that Anilkumar, a shopkeeper sets himself on fire during an anti-encroachment drive on railway land in Patna. He is admitted to the hospital with 80% burns and his elder brother and nearby shopkeepers suffered injuries while extinguishing the flame.

The Times Now News article mentions that the incident took place in Gulzarbagh, Patna. It is reported that “The policemen arrived in the area accompanied by JCBs to clear the illegal encroachments that stood on railway land. They faced tough resistance from the shopkeepers who reacted violently to the police action”.

Conclusion

It is found that a video of a person self-immolated during an anti-encroachment drive in Gulzarbagh, Patna in Bihar is shared as from Uttar Pradesh blaming the CM Yogi Adityanath.

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