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Fake Pakistani video used to burn Muzaffarnagar

Muzaffarnagar: This district is under the grip of communal insanity and curfew and at least 29 lives have been lost including a journalist. This riot is not an spontaneous reaction to some flare-up. Rather it was a result of well-organised campaign to fan communal tensions.

With this report in Dainik Jagaran emotions were fanned

It all started on 27 August 27 in Kawal village  when wo youths belonging to Jat community Gaurav and his cousin Sachin of Malikpura village attacked Shahnawaz of Kawal village with knives for allegely passing lewd remarks on two of their female cousins. Shahnawaz later died in the hospital. His relatives and local villagers caught hold of Sachin and Gaurav and killed them in mob beating. The matter did not end here as a police case. Saffron political strategist found potential in the incident and started to prepare the ground for an explosion. Fake videos of “killing of Hindu youths by Muslim mob while they were protecting the honour of their sisters” were mass-circulated through mobile phones and Internet. The video showed men in beards and traditional Muslim attire murdering two youths mercilessly.The fact is that this video originated in Pakistan after the 2010 lynching of two brothers in Sialkot by a mob which thought they were dacoits. That video was was edited to incite the passions to show how bearded Muslims killed helpless innocent Hindu boys. The video traveled like wild fire inflaming the passions. BJP MLAs in the region were reportedly involved in its spread on the Net and Facebook.

The Pakistani video clip was further popularized by the widely circulated Hindi newspaper  Dainik Jagaran in its local edition. The news item of Jagaran with a screen shot of the Pakistani video came as a blessing for the hate-mongers who started widely circulating the forged news to further buttress their claim.

Sensing trouble police immediately tried to block the video clips from the internet and filed an FIR against the BJP MLA and 229 other unidentified persons for sharing the video. They have been booked under Sections 420 (forgery), 153-A (promoting enmity on religious grounds) and 120-B (conspiracy) of the IPC and Section 66 of the Information Technology Act at the Kotwali police station in Muzaffarnagar.

According to ADG, Law and Order Arun Kumar, "A fake video related to murder of two people in a village was uploaded on the internet. We blocked that particular video but unfortunately the CDs were circulated in the village."

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-30 September 2013 on page no. 13

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