A video was widely shared on social media claiming that a person named Muhammad Mustaqeem from Bihar was killed in allegation of stealing a bull. The caption reads as: “😡*जुल्म कब तक* 😡

In Samastipur, Bihar, Muhammad Mustaqeem was killed by some people on the charge of stealing bulls. Run a campaign of justice for the late Mohammad Mustaqeem…”

(Screenshot from Twitter post)

Debunked Source




Using an AI assisted tool we extracted keyframes and performed a reverse image search of the shared video.

(Frozen keyframes of the video)

Reverse image search revealed that the video is a CCTV footage of a murder that took place in Hisar, Haryana when miscreants entered the house and thrashed a young man to death with sticks and sharp weapons in front of his wife and small children.

(Screenshot from Editorji website)




False Context/ Misleading



Our fact-check confirmed that an unrelated violent incident that took place in Haryana, Punjab was being shared with misleading captions to spark communal rift in the country. 

ABCDE Framework-Based Analysis

Actor Multiple independent Twitter accounts are involved in disseminating the misleading content.
Behavior A video from alleged gang war in Haryana was shared with misleading caption to portray that young Muslim boy in India is beaten to death in front of his family.
ContentVideo with misleading captions is posted. 
DegreeThe target audience of this disinformation are both Hindus and Muslims residing in India. 
Effect This post enraged social media users, many commented to punish the culprits and showed grievances.