There are several media reports and claims by doctors and medical staff that Tablighi Jamaat members are spitting on Police, but this video is unrelated to Tablighi Jamaat.
Following Tablighi Jamaat’s congregation at Markus in Nizamuddin and the police crackdown on Tablighi Jamaat, the total number of coronavirus patients in the country increased rapidly.
According to a report, out of a total of 2000 COVID-19 infected people, 400 people are associated with the Tablighi Jamaat. Dramatic unfolds of events have led to a furor against on social media against Tablighi Jamat. Tablighi Jamaat members quarantined at the district hospital allegedly misbehaved with the nurses, making lewd remarks and dropping their pants, provoking Uttar Pradesh government's decision to invoke the stringent National Security Act (NSA) against them. There are reports that few members who are currently being treated at various hospitals are not cooperating with the medical staff and even spitting on doctors.
Amid these revelations, a video is being widely shared on social media claiming that the corona infected people in the Jamaat are also spitting on the police so that the infection can spread among them.
A twitter user a 27-second video, "Whoever needs proof, check it out".
The same video was also widely circulated on WhatsApp.
You can watch the video here:
In this video, a man can be seen with some policemen. The man spits on the policeman sitting in front of him after this the policemen get up and start thrashing him. This video is being linked to the Nizamuddin Tablighi Jamaat. You can watch the video down below.
In our investigation, we found that this video is unrelated to the Tablighi Jamat incident. The vehicle seen in the viral video looks like a police van, however, members of Tablighi Jamaat were taken to Hospitals and Isolation centers in DTC buses of the hospital, and no medical staff can be seen in the van.
With the help of a reverse image search, we found this video to be shared by Mumbai Mirror on February 29 with a caption, "WATCH: @ThaneCityPolice beat man for spitting on them" The video also had texts describing the incident
According to the video, "an undertrial prisoner assaulted and spit on the policeman accompanying him." According to the report, the man seen in the video is Mohammad Suhail Shaukat Ali, whose age is 26 years. He was brought for hearing in Mumbai court where his family brought home food for him but the police did not let him eat this food. Annoyed by this, he spat on them.
The incident was also reported by Times of India.
Now, this video is being linked to the members of Tablighi Jamaat in Nizamuddin. However, several reports suggest that members of Tablighi Jamat “misbehaved” with and “even spit” at doctors and healthcare personnel attending to them.
In the following ground report by journalist Shweta Singh, a health official can be heard saying on camera that these people are not closing their windows and even spitting on roads.
In conclusion, an old unrelated video falsely shared as Tablighi Jamat members spitting on police. However, according to several media reports, members of Tablighi Jamat “misbehaved” with and “even spit” at doctors and healthcare personnel attending to them.
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