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)
😡 *ज़ुल्म कब तक* 😡— Suhail (@Suhail25721024) August 25, 2022
बिहार के समस्तीपुर में मोहम्मद मुस्तक़िम को कुछ लोगों ने बैल चुराने के आरोप में जान से मार दिया है अगर इस बात को समझें तो आगे आएं और इंसाफ़ दिलाने के लिए उम्मते मुहम्मदी होने का सबुत दें। इस मरहूम मोहम्मद मुस्तक़िम के लिए इंसाफ़ की मुहिम चलाएं. pic.twitter.com/IykIwBqCGA
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.|
|Content||Video with misleading captions is posted.|
|Degree||The 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.|