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Minneapolis Police Precinct Set On Fire By Protestors Over Death Of An African-American Man Due To Police Brutality

On 28 May, 2020, protestors set alight a police precinct in Minneapolis, Minnesota on account of the now former Minneapolis police officer, Derek Chauvin, brutally killing George Floyd.

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A tweet claimed that a police station in Minneapolis was set on fire with a 23-second video showing a building ablaze. 

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We came across many news reports that wrote about a police station being set on fire in Minneapolis last week. On 28 May, 2020, protestors set alight a police precinct in Minneapolis, Minnesota on account of the now former Minneapolis police officer, Derek Chauvin, brutally killing George Floyd, according to allegations in these state charging documents.  

Police officer filmed kneeling on George Floyd’s neck charged with murder

Derek Chauvin, the Minneapolis police officer captured on video kneeling on the neck of 46-year-old George Floyd as he begged for his life, was charged on Friday afternoon with third-degree murder and manslaughter. The state’s bureau of criminal apprehension took Chauvin, a 19-year veteran, into custody.

Floyd, a 46-year-old black man died after Derek Chauvin, a white police officer, knelt on his neck during an arrest on 25 May. Many news reports and videos of the incident show Flyod shouting “I cannot breathe” and “Don’t kill me.” He was “detained for allegedly using a counterfeit $20 dollar bill in a purchase,” reports Scroll. The four police officers involved in the death of Floyd, including Chauvin, were later fired from their jobs. 

In the same week, mounting anger towards Flyod’s death led to massive protests in Minneapolis which later spread to other parts of the country. Here are some visuals from the protests in the United States:

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President of the United States, Donald Trump, was under fire from Twitter that accused him of “glorifying violence” in a post that said, “When the looting starts, the shooting starts.” 

These widespread protests were a sign of reignited fury over police killings of black Americans and continued racial inequality in the United States. Curfews have been imposed in many cities across the country bracing for another week of unrest. People in London, Berlin, and Toronto are taking to the streets as well protesting that Black Lives Matter. 

Conclusion

It’s true that a police precinct in Minneapolis was set on fire by protestors after the shocking death of George Floyd by a police officer last week. 

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Result: True 

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A Recent Incident Of A Woman Being Raped By A Man Who Disguised Himself As Dinesh Rawat Is True

This incident came to light when a complaint was filed against Wasim alias Dinesh for raping a woman from the Hapur district in Uttar Pradesh.

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A tweet posted on 8 June, 2020 claims that a man named Dinesh Rawat lured a Hindu girl on Facebook and raped her for two years. 

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The tweet further states revelations which show that Wasim disguised himself as Dinesh. He had a fake Aadhaar card in the name of Dinesh and used it to work in a hospital. He’s also married with two children, and threatened to kill the victim after the police complaint. 

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Through a relevant keyword search we came across news reports which detailed the claim in context. Wasim Ahmed, a resident of Ajrada, who worked in a hospital in the Nauchandi area of Meerut using an Aadhaar card created in the name of Dinesh Ravat. Married with two children, he also has a Facebook account with the name Dinesh Ravat, state the news reports. 

पहचान छुपाकर युवती से वर्षों तक किया दुष्कर्म

थाना क्षेत्र के अजराड़ा गांव निवासी युवक पहचान छुपाकर हापुड़ की युवती से वर्षों तक दुष्कर्म करता रहा। भेद खुलने पर आरोपी ने पीड़िता से मारपीट की। पीड़िता की शिकायत पर पुलिस ने आरोपी को गिरफ्तार कर जेल…

This incident came to light when a complaint was filed against Wasim alias Dinesh for raping a woman from the Hapur district in Uttar Pradesh. He was later arrested and a case of rape and another case under the IT Act were lodged against him. 

A Youtube video posted on 8 June, by Pulse 24 News details the same incident. See video below. 

मेरठ- वसीम अहमद ने दिनेश रावत बनकर युवती को प्रेमजाल में फंसाकर किया रेप || P24N ||

Pulse 24 News – 24 * 7 News Channel Din bhar ki khabron ke liye PULSE 24 NEWS channel par #Pulse24News #NationalNews #tezkhabar #fastnews #P24N #SportsNews #…

To learn and seek confirmation on this incident, we contacted Meerut’s SP Avinash Pandey who confirmed three out of four statements made in the initial tweet claim. Regarding the third point made in the claim, “Was married, had 2 children,” news reports linked in this story make it clear. 

We also contacted Anshul Saxena, who tweeted this claim last week asking for the source of his tweet’s content. He shared this news report and Youtube video in response to our query via Facebook messenger. 

Conclusion 

A confirmation from Meerut’s SP Avinash Pandey and news reports make it clear that the statements made in the claim are true. Wasim alias Dinesh Ravat befriended a Hindu girl from Hapur district and raped her. Married with two children, he used a fake Aadhaar ID made in the name of Dinesh to work in a hospital. He also threatened to kill the victim when she reported this matter to the police. 

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Result: True 

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Unrelated Image passed off on Social Media as Rajasthan Gang-Rape Survivor

The news of the gang rape of the minor in Tonk, Rajasthan is true. However, an unrelated image is being used along with the posts on social media.

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A Facebook user posted a video that shows a bloodied woman lying dead on a chair claiming that the woman lying on the chair is the minor girl who was gang-raped in Rajasthan’s Tonk.

4 Muslims gang-raped 15-year-old Hindu girl after kidnapping her from the house (Tonk, Rajasthan).See her condition and the blood flowing on the floor. Police pressuring the Victim family.The person in the video is Sukhbir Singh, Local BJP MP.Hey, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra do you have the spine to discuss it?P.S. This video may distract you.

Người đăng: Sharad Srivastava vào Thứ Sáu, 8 tháng 5, 2020

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A video that shows a bloodied woman lying dead on a chair claiming that the woman lying on the chair is the minor girl who was gang-raped in Rajasthan’s Tonk. Along with it, a video of a local Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Sukhbir Singh is being circulated who can be seen condemning the incident.

The text of the viral video reads, “Four Muslims gang-raped 15-year-old Hindu girl after kidnapping her from her house (Tonk, Rajasthan). See her condition and the blood flowing on the floor. Police is pressurising the victim’s family”.

We discovered that the video was also being shared on Facebook, Twitter, and WhatsApp. One of our readers also sent the viral video to Newschecker’s helpline number for verification.

Fact Check:

With the help of relevant keywords, we found several media reports about a minor girl being gang-raped by four men on Tuesday, ie. May 5 in Rajasthan’s Tonk district.

According to a report by Hindustan Times, four-man named Nisar Khan, Salman, Zakir, and one minor were arrested on Wednesday on charges of gang-raping a 16-year-old minor. The minor was gang-raped in an isolated field near her house, which falls under the jurisdiction of the Pachewar police station, on Tuesday evening, said Goverdhan Lal, additional superintendent of police, Tonk.

The rape survivor’s family members lodged a police complaint, where they named the four accused for kidnapping and sexually assaulting her.The accused took her to an isolated place and took turns to sexually assault her, before dropping her near a pond in Bacheda village on Wednesday morning, the complaint alleged.

The rape survivor, who was lying at that spot in an unconscious condition, gradually regained her consciousness and managed to reach her home. She shared her ordeal with her parents, who then filed a First Information Report (FIR) at Pachewar police station.

https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/minor-gangraped-in-tonk-four-accused-detained/story-vx0vpCxXQpnPNSgRbrchtN.html

Meanwhile, Tonk Police on their Twitter handle also requested the people not to trust rumors regarding the case. They also said that strict action would be taken against those spreading misinformation on social media. Tonk Police also uploaded a copy of the First Information Report (FIR) of the case on their handle.

Now, we started fact-checking the viral image, which is being used along with the claim on social media. With the help of ‘InVid,’ we got multiple keyframes of the video. By using a reverse-image search on one of the keyframes, we found a media report by Asianet News, which carried out the same image. The report published on April 16, 2020, stated that Vikram Singh, a head constable with Haryana police serving in Jind, killed his wife after a verbal spat. He allegedly attacked her with a stick and killed her on the spot.

The Tribune and Hindustan times also published the reports, mentioning that a police constable allegedly killed his wife in Hisar on April 15, 2020.

Conclusion:

It is evident from our fact check that the news of the gang rape of the minor in Tonk, Rajasthan is true. However, an unrelated image is being used along with the posts on social media.

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  • Media reports
  • Google Reverse Image Search

Result: Misplaced Context

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Old Video from Pakistan passed off on Social Media as Women flouting Lockdown Norms

The video viral on social media, is from Karachi in Pakistan and is as old as 2015.

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A Facebook user shared a video in which a few men and women can be seen jumping off the balcony of a building claiming that amid the coronavirus pandemic, women are flouting the lockdown norms and are going out for shopping. An archive version of the video can be seen here.

Aaj ki taza khabar yeh aourton ko shopping ke baghair mout ajaty, lock down mein police ne owner ko baher karke showroom ko lock kardiye, lekin yeh ladies ooper store mein chup gayee thein baad mein balcony se tamasha dekho.

Người đăng: Hussain Arbaz vào Thứ Hai, 4 tháng 5, 2020

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A video, which shows few men and women jumping off the balcony of a building, is being massively shared across various social media platforms claiming that amid the coronavirus pandemic, women are flouting lockdown norms and are going out shopping. We found that the claim is being shared on social media with identical claims.

We discovered that the video is widely being shared on Facebook, and WhatsApp.

The caption of the viral video, when translated to English, reads Breaking news: these women can’t live without shopping even during the lockdown. This video is from Kanpur, where the cops locked the showroom, but these women hid in the storeroom. Muslims can never change.

Several readers sent the image to Newschecker’s WhatsApp helpline number for verification.

Fact Check:

As we began fact-checking the viral claim, we listened to the video carefully. At two minute eleven second mark, the person in the video can be heard saying ‘Chapa pada hai Bhai, FIA wale ka,’ which means that the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has raided the place.

What does FIA stand for?

According to Wikipedia, The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) is the border control, criminal investigation, counter-intelligence, and security agency under the control of the Interior Secretary of Pakistan, tasked with investigative jurisdiction on undertaking operations against terrorism, espionage, federal crimes, smuggling as well as infringement and other specific crimes.

Now, with the help of relevant keywords, we performed Google search and found the video on the YouTube channel Pakistan current affairs,’ uploaded on June 30, 2015. We analyzed the viral video and the video uploaded on the YouTube frame to frame and established that it is the same video viral on social media. The caption of the video reads, ‘Sex workers fleeing after FIA raid at a brothel in Karachi.’

During our search, we came across a report by Pakistan news channel ARY News. The caption of the video uploaded five years ago reads, ‘Watch exclusive video of sex workers fleeing after FIA raid at a brothel in Karachi.’

The same video was uploaded by a Facebook user, Jibran Waghani, on June 13, 2015.

Fia chapa in khadda market

Người đăng: Jibran Waghani vào Thứ Bảy, 13 tháng 6, 2015

During our search, we also spotted a board of a restaurant named ‘Hot N Spicy.’ Also, a wall painting of the Zen academy can be spotted in the video. We performed a search on Google maps and found that Hot n Spicy and Zen academy, both are located in Khadda Market, Karachi, Pakistan.

The exact location where the viral video was shot can be seen here in the Google Street View. Here below is the similarity between viral video and Google street view.

Conclusion:

It is evident from our fact check that the video viral on social media, which shows men and women jumping off the balcony of the building, is from Karachi in Pakistan and is as old as 2015. The viral video has no connection with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

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  • Google Search
  • YouTube Search
  • Media reports
  • Facebook Search
  • Google Maps
  • Google Street View

Result: Misleading

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