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Fact Check of the claims made with a viral video of mob lynching in Fatehpur, UP

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The incident took place on 30th October in Semor Village when a man, Nasir Qureshi had come to his in-law's house and had an argument with his wife following which he killed his wife. 

Recently a video of mob lynching has surfaced on social media platforms, in which few men can be seen beating a man who is lying unconsciously on the ground, surrounded by many people. The video is alleged to be from the Fatehpur district of Uttar Pradesh.

The video is being shared with a claim that the man in the video is being thrashed for murdering his wife.

The viral video has raised concerns over the law and order situation in UP, and many people have questioned Uttar Pradesh police while sharing the video.

A Facebook user named Aimim Shahbaz Bhadohi shared this video claiming, the situation in UP has become like Pakistan and Afghanistan because such incidents of mob lynching have become very common.

This post was shared almost 4000 times.

You can watch the video here:

A twitter user named Ajay Babu also shared this video with a caption, “Another bone-chilling incident of mob lynching from Fatehpur in Uttar Pradesh. The youth was beaten by the crowd for allegedly killing his wife & is said to have succumbed to his injuries. Sigh....!! What kind of a society have we become?”

Truth Behind this video

In our investigation, we found out that this video and claims being made with it are indeed true. An incident took place on 30th October in Semor Village when a man, Nasir Qureshi had come to his in-law's house and had an argument with his wife. Following which he killed his wife with an axe and injured wife's sister and mother, who went to rescue her.

We also found out news reports published by Dainik Bhaskar and The Hindu covering this incident.

However, on the basis of the complaint filed by mob lynching victim’s brother and the video, police have registered a case against 20 people and have arrested five of them. Three arrested are woman’s brother naming Shehnawaz, Salman and Rafeek.

Fatehpur Police has confirmed the arrest by posting on Twitter through its official handle on November 2nd, three days after the incident. They have also shared the accused photo and a press note, comprising of all the details.

Therefore, we can say the claim with the viral video is partially true and Fatehpur police have arrested the main accused in the case and are on a lookout for the rest.

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