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Old Video From Karnataka Falsely Shared As UP Man Threatening To Attack People Before Cops Arrest Him

Authors

Kushel HM is a mechanical engineer-turned-journalist, who loves all things football, tennis and films. He was with the news desk at the Hindustan Times, Mumbai, before joining Newschecker.

Pankaj Menon is a fact-checker based out of Delhi who enjoys ‘digital sleuthing’ and calling out misinformation. He has completed his MA in International Relations from Madras University and has worked with organisations like NDTV, Times Now and Deccan Chronicle online in the past.

Claim
Muslim man from Uttar Pradesh threatens shopkeepers with a knife before police capture him.

Fact
Viral video dates back to February 2023 and incident happened in Kalaburagi, Karnataka.

Several social media users shared a video, purportedly showing a man brandishing a knife to threaten shopkeepers at a marketplace in Uttar Pradesh. Abdul Masood, from Saharanpur, was then apprehended by policemen who arrived at the spot, according to the claims, which hailed “Yogiji’s police”.

The archived version of the tweet can be seen here.

Fact Check

Newschecker ran a reverse image search of keyframes of the video, which led us to this India Today report, dated February 6, 2023, featuring a clearer frame of the video, stating that the incident happened in Kalaburagi, Karnataka.

“Police officials in Karnataka’s Kalaburagi opened fire and injured an accused who was roaming with knives and threatening to attack the general public in the market area. The incident occurred on Sunday night, and the accused, who was shot at, was admitted to the hospital with minor injuries,” read the report.

We also came across this Times of India report, dated February 6, 2023, sharing the viral video.

“A man in Karnataka’s Kalaburagi district was caught on camera brandishing a knife and threatening people at a busy location. Police were called in and they shot the man in the foot and then subdued him. He has now been arrested. Police are trying to find out why he behaved in such a manner,” read the report.

A further search led us to this tweet by the UP Police, dated March 16, 2024, debunking the viral claim that the video is from Uttar Pradesh. “The video is not from Uttar Pradesh but is related to the incident in Kalaburagi district, Karnataka on 05/02/23…,” read the tweet, translated from Hindi.

Also Read: Old Visuals From ‘No Vote To BJP’ Campaign From 2021 Shared As Recent

Conclusion

Old video of police subduing a knife-wielding man in a market area in Kalaburagi, Karnataka, falsely shared as from Uttar Pradesh.

Result: False

Sources
India Today report, February 6, 2023
Tweet, UP Police Fact Check, March 16, 2024


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Authors

Kushel HM is a mechanical engineer-turned-journalist, who loves all things football, tennis and films. He was with the news desk at the Hindustan Times, Mumbai, before joining Newschecker.

Pankaj Menon is a fact-checker based out of Delhi who enjoys ‘digital sleuthing’ and calling out misinformation. He has completed his MA in International Relations from Madras University and has worked with organisations like NDTV, Times Now and Deccan Chronicle online in the past.

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