A video of a man interacting with the media is viral with the claim that he is Delhi's city qazi and a politician associated with the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). In the video, the man can be heard giving offensive and inflammatory statements against the Hindu community and states in Hindi, "मुसलमान अब जागने लगा है, जाग गया है" [English translation- Muslim is now waking up, has woken up].
The video is viral with a Hindi narrative that read, "ये दिल्ली का शहर काजी है और आम आदमी पार्टी का पदाधिकारी भी है हिंदुओं को खुलेआम धमकी दे रहा है।"
[English translation: He is a qazi of Delhi city and an office-bearer of Aam Aadmi Party, openly threatening Hindus].
A Facebook user प्रदीप सिंह राठौर shared the video, which has garnered about 2.7K views.
A Twitter user हम लोग We The People, shared the video.
A man who is Delhi's city qazi and politician of AAP gave offensive and inflammatory statements against the Hindus.
The Logical Indian Fact Check team verified the claim and found it false. The video is not recent, around two years old, and the man is neither Delhi's city qazi nor a politician associated with AAP.
We extracted different keyframes from the viral video and conducted a Google reverse image search. It led us to a YouTube video uploaded on 1 July 2019 by the channel 'Qari Usman Hassani official'. The video is titled, "Jharkhandi mob lynching tabraiz ansari k qatl par bole mufti raees dehradun". The video identifies the man interacting with media as Mufti Raees of Dehradun and establishes that the video is not recent.
In the longer version of the viral video, the media person asks in Hindi, "So many atrocities are happening, so what do you have to say about this, and what action do you want the authorities to take?" To this, Mufti Raees replies, "Today, this issue has been raised in connection with Tabraiz by our youth of Muslim organization. It should have been raised long ago...". He continues his reply, the next part of which is now viral on social media.
Using relevant keywords, we searched on the internet about Mufti Raees of Dehradun and his relation to 2019 Jharkhand's mob lynching of Tabraiz. It led us to a news article published by Live Hindustan on 27 June 2019. According to the article, people belonging to the Muslim community took out a protest rally in Dehradun against the mob lynching of Tabraiz. The rally was taken out till the court, where ADM Ramji Sharan Sharma was presented with a memorandum in the name of city qazi and Jamiat Ulama-e-Hind Metropolitan President Mufti Raees Ahmed Qasmi and other officials.
In another news article published by Amar Ujala on 30 June 2019, Shishupal Negi, investigating police officer, registered a case against Mufti Raees Ahmed Qasmi under IPC sections, alleging that he made offensive and inflammatory statements, which could have disturbed the harmony. Dainik Jagran and ETV Bharat also reported the same.
Evidently, an old statement made in 2019 by Dehradun's city qazi Mufti Raees Ahmed Qasmi concerning Jharkhand's mob lynching of Tabraiz is viral with a false claim that he is Delhi's city qazi and politician of AAP. However, none of the news articles mentioned his association with Delhi city qazi or AAP.
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