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Wednesday, May 18, 2022

    #FactCheck: Video Showing Police Firing At Protesters In Assam Is Fake

    A one minute video showing security personnel open firing at protestors claiming to be from the recent street violence surrounding the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 in Assam is doing rounds in the social media.

    The footage which has been widely circulated in the social media is actually false and is a mock drill video by Jharkhand police some two years ago.

    In the video, two police personnel are seen opening firing at some people shouting slogans and two people falling unconsciously into the ground. An ambulance immediately appears at the spot and the duo are rushed inside the emergency vehicle on a stretcher.

    It may be mentioned that violent protests erupted in Assam after the Rajya Sabha passed the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019 on December 10th, 2019. The streets of the state turned into a veritable battle zone littered with burnt tyres, logs, stones, rubber pellets and teargas shells as protesters descended on the streets opposing the Bill. Curfew was imposed in Guwahati for an indefinite period and internet services were banned.

    The All Assam Students Union (AASU) on December 16th, 2019 launched a three-day mass satyagraha to protest the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). AASU advisor Dr Samujjal Kumar Bhattacharya, General Secretary Lurinjyoti Gogoi and over 1,000 protesters were detained by Guwahati Police.

    After a week-long stir the situation limped back to normalcy on December 17th, 2019 as broadband services were restored and curfew lifted in the city.

    Meanwhile, the MHA has asked the states, UTs to keep a tab on the circulation of fake news and rumour mongering on social media which has the potential to incite violence. The police has been asked to take requisite steps to maintain law and order and peace.

    Photo: Screen grab of video


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