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No Communal Angle To Delhi ASI Murder Case, News Outlets, Verified Handles Share Misleading Claim

Delhi Police ASI, Shambhu Dayal, who was stabbed multiple times by a thief in the city’s Mayapuri area last week, succumbed to his injuries on Sunday. Soon after, several social media users poured in their respects, tributes and condolences to the Delhi police officer, while calling for a strict action against the accused. Sharing the outrage, some users gave a communal angle to the incident by referring to the accused as “Jihadi Anish,” “Mohammad Anish,” while others identified him to be “Anis/Anees.” Newschecker found that the claim to be misleading.

In a tweet dated January 8, 2022, BJP leader Khemchand Sharma said, “ASI Shambhu Dayal Ji who was undergoing treatment at a hospital after being stabbed with a knife by Jihadi Anish in Delhi’s Mayapuri area, succumbed to his injuries. Om Shanti. Such criminals deserves encounters not a slow legal trial. (sic)”

Screengrab from tweet by @SharmaKhemchand

Other users and several Hindi news outlets also identified the accused as “Jihadi Anish,” “Mohammad Anish,” or “Anis/Anees.”

Archived versions of such tweets can be seen here, here, here and here.

In a report dated January 10, 2023, Times Now Navbharat named the accused as “Mohammad Anis.” 

Screengrab from Times Now Navbharat website

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Fact Check/Verification

A Google keyword search for “ASI Dayal,” “stabbed,” “death,” & “Delhi” yielded multiple reports from the past one week identifying the accused in the case as one “Anish,” – neither “Mohammad Anish,” nor “Anees.” The reports did not mention any communal angle to the incident either. Such reports can be seen here, here and here.

One such report by The Indian Express, dated January 11, 2023, stated,”ASI Shambhu Dayal was taking a robbery accused to the police station when he was stabbed on January 4. He succumbed to his injuries on Sunday.”

Screengrab from The Indian Express website

It further elaborated, “The police said a woman had approached Dayal, who had recently joined the Mayapuri police station, for help after her phone was allegedly snatched by a man at knifepoint. Dayal took the complainant to the spot to identify the accused. The woman pointed out the person and he caught the accused, Mayapuri resident Anish Raj (24). While Dayal was taking Anish to the police station, the latter allegedly pulled out a knife which he had kept hidden under his shirt and attacked him.”

Another report by Outlook, dated January 11, 2023, identified the accused as Anish Raj.

Screengrab from Outlook website

Further, we also learnt that the Delhi Police have clarified that there was no communal angle to the incident. The police have further identified the accused in the killing of ASI Dayal as Anish Raj, son of Prahlad Raj.

Screengrab from tweet by @DelhiPolice

In a tweet dated January 11, 2023, the Delhi Police said, “The name of the accused who killed ASI Shambhu Dayal is Anish Raj, son – Prahlad Raj. He is a criminal. While the accused was being caught in a case of mobile theft, he attacked the ASI with a knife. The matter is not communal. Wrong and misleading information is being given by some handles in social media.”

Conclusion

Viral claim that the accused in Delhi ASI murder case has been identified as “Mohammad Anish or Anees” is false. The police have clarified that the accused is one “Anish Raj,” and that there is no communal angle to the incident.

Result: Partly False

Sources

Report By The Indian Express, Dated January 11, 2023
Report By Outlook, Dated January 11, 2023
Tweet By Delhi Police, Dated January 11, 2023


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Vasudha Beri
Vasudha Beri
Vasudha noticed the growing problem of mis/disinformation online after studying New Media at ACJ in Chennai and became interested in separating facts from fiction. She is interested in learning how global issues affect individuals on a micro level. Before joining Newschecker’s English team, she was working with Latestly.
Vasudha Beri
Vasudha Beri
Vasudha noticed the growing problem of mis/disinformation online after studying New Media at ACJ in Chennai and became interested in separating facts from fiction. She is interested in learning how global issues affect individuals on a micro level. Before joining Newschecker’s English team, she was working with Latestly.

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