This is the situation in Manipur. What a terrible tragedy. The scene of a woman chasing the police naked on the roads. What is happening to our India !?
Manipur is facing violent clashes and riots against the provision of Scheduled Tribe (ST) status to non-tribal Meeitei or Meitei community, while 34 recognized tribal communities are living there. Meanwhile, a video of a person chasing the police and threatening to beat them with a stick is circulated with the claim that it is the situation in Manipur. Some of the posts with such a claim can be seen here and here.
What is the truth?
When searching for ‘Sonu Kinnar’ as heard in the viral video, we found a tweet dated 16, May 2023 by Jitendra Verma Jeetu (Patel) carrying matching visuals from the viral video. His Twitter bio mentions him as the National Spokesperson of the Samajwadi Party, Lucknow.
जनपद चंदौली के नगर पालिका परिषद मुगलसराय में सोनू किन्नर 834 वोटो से चुनाव जीत गया था इसके बावजूद प्रशासन ने भाजपा प्रत्याशी मालती देवी को 138 वोटो से विजई घोषित कर दिया।
किन्नरों ने अपने तरीके से रि-काउंटिंग कराई,जिसमें 440 वोटो से फिर से सोनू किन्नर जीत गया,, pic.twitter.com/SnaK11pSqv
— Jitendra Verma Jeetu ( Patel ) (@jeetusp) May 15, 2023
The video is captioned “Sonu Kinnar had won the election in Municipal Council Mughalsarai of district Chandauli by 834 votes, yet the administration declared BJP candidate Malti Devi as the winner by 138 votes. Eunuchs got re-counting done in their own way, in which Sonu Kinnar won again by 440 votes.” The tweet also has another video showing a brawl between transgenders and policemen.
चंदौली: निकाय चुनाव में सोनू किन्नर नाम के प्रत्याशी ने चुनाव जीतकर सबको चौंका दिया। हालांकि 13 मई को मतगणना के दौरान का एक वीडियो सामने आया है जिसमें किन्नर समाज के लोग नग्न होकर हंगामा करते नजर आ रहे हैं। दरअसल बीजेपी प्रत्याशी की ओर से रिकाउंटिंग की मांग को लेकर विवाद खड़ा हुआ… pic.twitter.com/OwtdJU4YiR
— UP Tak (@UPTakOfficial) May 16, 2023
The Twitter page of UP Tak posted the video with the caption in Hindi translated as “Chandauli: In the municipal elections, a candidate named Sonu Kinnar surprised everyone by winning the election. However, on May 13, during the counting of votes, a video has surfaced in which the people of Kinnar community are seen creating ruckus naked. In fact, a dispute had arisen over the demand for recounting by the BJP candidate.” The UP Tak also published a news video reporting the incident on its Youtube channel.
Nav Bharat Times reported the incident with the title “Clash between police and eunuchs during vote counting in UP’s Chandauli district, ruckus by taking off clothes.”
It is found that a video from Uttar Pradesh during municipal elections in May 2023 is falsely shared as it is from Manipur.