By: Soumadip Dey
Claim: A video of a mob violently assaulting a soldier has resurfaced on social media with the claim that another soldier has been killed in Kashmir.
Source: Facebook and WhatsApp.
What Happened: A video of a soldier being assaulted by a mob has been circulating via various WhatsApp groups with the following description:
This translates to: ‘Friends, I am folding my hands and requesting you for the sake of humanity to share this video in every group so that it appears on every news channel by tomorrow evening.
A soldier was beaten and killed in Kashmir today
Will no one share it with me?’
This narrative, along with the video, has been shared by multiple people via WhatsApp groups. It has also been shared on Facebook for a while now, mostly by individuals on their personal pages. Even though they have not received a particularly high number of shares, the total number of people who have shared this video and narrative is quite high, indicating that the video has been in circulation through WhatsApp.
Facts: This is not the first time that this video has been circulated via WhatsApp. Recently, it had been shared with a similar narrative claiming that a soldier was killed in Kashmir.
It is in fact an old video from Kashmir, shot in October 2017. The soldier was assaulted by a mob on suspicion of been a braid chopper. According to media reports, a group of foreign tourists, a teenager, and two labourers were also beaten up during the same time and for the same reason. The same video was broadcast by TimesNow when the incident actually occurred.
This particular incident took place in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kupwara district. Unlike what the Whatsapp forward claims, no one was killed in this incident, as the police were able to rescue the soldier from the mob.
Conclusion: This is not the first time that this video was shared with a false narrative and it is unlikely to be the last, considering how sensitive an issue Kashmir is, and how propaganda often drives the narrative. Social media users have to be careful before sharing such sensitive content that they receive on WhatsApp to their public social media handles because most often they turn out to be false. Read how Metafact debunked this and similar false messages being circulated through WhatsApp.