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AATS Cop Arvind Kumar Misidentified as ABVP Member Bharat Sharma

Claim

Many political parties, volunteers, supporters, and journalists claimed that a man, who was involved in beating the protestors at JMI, is an ABVP member and was allowed by the police to beat the protesters.

Verification

Amid protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act, social media is bombarded with misinformation. A protest which could be democratic and peaceful fell prey to misinformation and turned violent at some places. Social media users across political parties shared claims without any authenticity and the claims went viral in no time. People from both sides, be it supporters or protesters of the Citizenship Amendment Act, shared claims which suit their political inspiration. Now, what becomes more surprising and worrisome is the intentional support to the misinformation. Many social media users often share claims that carry no or very little authenticity but they do not stand corrected even after being called out. This tendency to paint falsehood in the same colors as the truth has become a notorious dogma that is preventing people from discerning between truth, propaganda and fiction.

Recently, a claim went viral on social media that an ABVP member, namely Bharat Sharma, was involved in beating the protesters. Many social media users including AAP Volunteer Kapil, Congress Leader Dr Udit Raj, NCP Lawmaker Dr Jitendra Awhad and several others claimed that the Delhi Police has outsourced ABVP and RSS members to beat the protesters.

Intensity of the claim can be seen below 

Claim made by AAP Volunteer Kapil (Tweet is deleted, an archived version can be viewed here.

Claim made by Arvind Jha (Tweet is deleted, an archived version can be viewed here.

Claim made by NCP Legislator Dr Jitendra Awahad:

Claim made by Writer Raju Parulekar (Tweet is deleted, an archived version can be viewed here.

Claim made by Congress Leader Udit Raj (Tweet is deleted, an archived version can be viewed here):

Claim made by Himachal Pradesh Congress Sevadal: 

Furthermore, this image is viral on Twitter with various claims which are listed below

  1. Claims in Hindi can be viewed here
  2. Claims in English can be viewed here

Intensity of this claim on Facebook can be viewed here

As we began to fact check this claim, we first observed the viral image. The viral image, as one can see above, is a collage of two images wherein one is allegedly the snapshot of Bharat Sharma’s Facebook profile and the other is of a man in his early 40s standing with a Lathi in his hand. Notably, the same person was said to be present in both the images of the viral collage.

AATS Constable Arvind Kumar misidentified as Bharat Sharma

We first checked Delhi Police’s Twitter Handle, where we found a series of tweets and retweets by Delhi Police debunking the aforementioned claim.

Delhi Police retweeted a tweet by news agency ANI, where the DCP of South East Delhi Chinmoy Biswal appeals to citizens to maintain law & order, and not pay heed to rumours.

We also found a tweet wherein DCP South East Delhi has rubbished the aforementioned claim.

The above tweet by DCP South East Delhi contains an ANI story which further explains the matter in detail. The ANI story suggests that the AATS (Anti Auto Theft Squad) constable Arvind Kumar, who was misidentified as ABVP member Bharat Sharma, was standing near Surya Hotel when some person clicked his picture.

Not ABVP member, man in civilian clothes was a cop: Delhi Police

New Delhi [India], Dec 17 (ANI): The Delhi Police on Tuesday denied the claim that a member of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) was dressed as police personnel at the time of violence in Jamia Millia Islamia here.As violence erupted in Jamia on Sunday following the protests over the Citizenship

In lieu of debunking the misinformation spread by social media users, DCP South East Delhi tweeted the clarification.

Notably, DCP South East Delhi has also retweeted a tweet which reads, “Agar paani ko petrol bataya ja sakta hai to mujhe ashcharya nahi hai ki hamare ek officer ko RSS ka bataya ja raha hai.”

Furthermore, DCP South East Delhi has quoted the screenshot of a tweet which contains the same viral collage, his quoted reply can be seen below.

The above statement of the DCP refers to a ‘Misleading’ claim made by Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia and others which was recently fact checked by our team.

Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia, Congress IT Cell Head Rohan Gupta & Others Falsely Accuse Delhi Police of Setting Ablaze Public Transport

Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia followed by Congress IT Cell Incharge Rohan Gupta, Former Lok Sabha candidate from Aam Aadmi Party Atishi Marlena, AAP volunteer Ankit Lal, AAP Supporter Aarti, Journalist Saikat Datta and others claimed that the BJP is using Delhi Police to provoke the violence in Delhi.

Website The Quint was able to access a picture of Constable Arvind Kumar and has done a comparison between Bharat Sharma and Constable Arvind Kumar which clearly defines the difference in their appearances.

I have been subjected to severe mental harassment since yesterday: Bharat Sharma

Bharat Sharma expressed his thoughts through a tweet that reads, “I have been subjected to severe mental harassment since yesterday. I will file a defamation suit against all those who have peddled this lie that I was involved in rioting disguising as a police personnel, thus defaming my organisation and me.”

Bharat Sharma, in one of his tweets, has replied to Bollywood Director, Producer, Writer and Actor Anurag Kashyap for a tweet that contains the same claim as many above

Since the tweet Bharat Sharma has replied to, is deleted, here is a screenshot of the claim which Kashyap retweeted

His organization ABVP has also clarified on the matter.

Man posed as striking against a group of women is not Arvind Kumar

Former Supreme Court justice Markandey Katju tweeted two images and asked if anyone can tell him about the cop who is in a pose to strike against group of woman.

When we began to fact check the second claim, we found a story in India Today that explains the matter in details.

Cops beat girls and boys alike, my brave women friends saved me: Jamia boy whose assault video is viral

Pulled by his collar, he was dragged out of a house and slammed on to a road in South Delhi by the “professional” personnel of the Delhi Police on Sunday evening as protests against the Citizenship Amendment Bill rocked Jamia Millia Islamia University.

We also found a report in Hindustan Times that clarifies the matter in detail. According to the report by Hindustan Times, AATS Inspector Love Atrey denied the allegations that civilians and political party members were invited by the Delhi Police to beat the protesters. Atrey said, “A dozen of us set out without changing into our uniform. At the spot, we put on anti-riot jackets and wore our motorcycle helmets before dealing with the mob”.

Man in viral photo raining blows with a baton is a cop, not a civilian: Police

india Updated: Dec 17, 2019 16:33 IST One of the many rumours being spread on social media after the police crackdown on protesters in Jamia Nagar relates to a photograph of a man in plainclothes hitting a protester with a baton, and some women trying to shield him.

Claim made by AAP Volunteer Kapil and Others is ‘Misleading’

It is clear from our investigation that the man said to be ABVP member Bharat Sharma is AATS Constable Arvind Kumar. We found in our fact check that the man posed as striking against group of women in civil dress is not a civilian but a cop.

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Saurabh Pandey
The reason why he chose to be a part of the Newschecker team lies somewhere between his passion and desire to surface the truth. The inception of social networking sites, misleading information, and tilted facts worry him. So, here he is ready to debunk any such fake story or rumor.

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