Multiple Fake news claims:
A video is viral on social media showing a priest is brutally beaten by the police in Padmadhar Colony in Rewa district of Madhya Pradesh.
National spokesperson of Vishva Hindu Parishad, Vijay Shankar Tiwari, wrote
It is being said that while worshiping on Navami the temple priest in Rewa beaten up by the SP Abid Khan, the guilty policeman should be punished immediately.
कहा जा रहा है कि रीवा में मंदिर के पुजारी को शयन आरती करते समय पुलिस ने पीटा तथा पूजा का सामान बिखेर दिया,यहां के एस पी आबिद खान हैं,दोषी पुलिस वाले को तत्काल दण्डित किया जाए। pic.twitter.com/a6UKpV5Ppr— Vijay Shankar Tiwari (@VijayVst0502) April 3, 2020
A Facebook user Vinay Pandey shared several other photographs of the incident and wrote,
The priest of the temple was mercilessly beaten by the policemen of Rewa SP Abid Khan under the civil line police station. Chief Minister, you should take this into consideration and proper action should be taken, the manhood shown today on unarmed elderly priest alone Land,
Where was that manhood missing while lovingly lifting 50 jihadis and clerics from the mosque yesterday?
Facts Check Verdict: False
In our investigation, we found that The person seen in the picture is not Abid Khan, SP of Rewa. He did not even go to the spot, the person who appears in the photo is Rajkumar Mishra in charge of Civil Line Police Station.
A tweet by the official handle of the department of public relations, the government of Madhya Pradesh.
रीवा की घटना के संबंध में @IG_Rewa ने जानकारी दी है।— Jansampark MP (@JansamparkMP) April 3, 2020
-फोटो में जो पुलिसकर्मी दिखाई दे रहे हैं वह रीवा पुलिस अधीक्षक आबिद खान नहीं हैं।
-लॉकडाउन के दौरान भीड़ इकट्ठी होने की सूचना पर कार्यवाई की गई है।
-अनुचित कार्यवाई पर थाना प्रभारी राजकुमार मिश्रा को लाइन अटैच कर दिया है। pic.twitter.com/0zATVmABPW
This tweet carries the statement given by the inspector general (IG) of the Rewa district which was initially shared on Facebook. According to the IG, the police officer in the photograph is not SP Abid Khan but inspector of police (TI) Rajkumar Mishra. “This action was taken by station in-charge Rajkumar Mishra and staff to enforce the lockdown. They received information about people gathered in the temple.” The statement adds that Mishra has been taken off duty and sub-inspector Shivpujan Singh Bishan has been appointed as the new TI.