Fact Check: Viral Video Shared With Claim That BJP MP Harsh Vardhan Was Assaulted By Public

The Logical Indian Fact check team investigates the claim that a viral video shows BJP MP Harsh Vardhan beaten by a mob.

West Bengal   |   2 Oct 2020 11:29 AM GMT
Writer : Aditi Chattopadhyay | Editor : Bharat Nayak | Creatives : Vijay S Hegde
Fact Check: Viral Video Shared With Claim That BJP MP Harsh Vardhan Was Assaulted By Public

A video showing a mob beating a man as police try to rescue him from the crowd is being circulated. The video is being shared with the claim that the man being assaulted is BJP MP Harsh Vardhan.

"Take it, brothers, the work has started. The landlord serving shoes to BJP MP Harsh Vardhan (Translated from Punjabi)" reads the caption.


Claim:

Viral video shows BJP MP Harsh Vardhan beaten by a mob.

Fact Check:

The claim is false. Visual cues from the video suggest it is from West Bengal (policemen wearing white uniforms). A keyword search led to an NDTV report published on October 20, 2016. The report had carried the viral video.


According to the report, Union Minister Babul Supriyo was hit on the chest with a large stone in West Bengal's Asansol, which was allegedly thrown by supporters of Trinamool leader.

Supriyo was visiting the BNR More area where he was hit after a senior local party leader Subrata Mishra was beaten up allegedly by Trinamool workers as members of the two parties clashed.

Below is a video by news agency ANI, in which visuals from the viral video can be spotted from the 14 seconds timestamp onwards.

In another tweet by ANI, from October 19, photos from the incident show Mishra being heckled.

Back In November 2016, the same clip was viral in the backdrop of Demonetisation with similar claims surrounding BJP MP Dr Harsh Vardhan. He had tweeted a clarification on the clip.

Therefore, an old video showing BJP Leader from West Bengal, Subrata Mishra is being falsely shared as a recent attack on Dr Harsh Vardhan.

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Claim Review :  Viral video shows BJP MP Harsh Vardhan beaten by a mob.
Claimed By :  Social Media posts
Fact Check :  False
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Aditi, part of the fact checking team of The Logical Indian likes to read, write, cook and laugh, in short live life as it is supposed to be. What makes her fascinated is to discover the truth behind a story and more often than not, it is either fact or myth at the end.

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