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Fact Check: Farmers beaten by belts under Modi raj - Truth about the viral video

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The victim in the video is Sukhram Meghwal, who was beaten by a few men from Jat Community on November 3, 2019. The victim belongs to the Meghwal community. 

Recently, a video went viral in which a middle-aged man was beaten mercilessly with a belt by three men. A twitter user named Ada Sharma shared the video on twitter with a caption that can be roughly translated to, " Is this the 'New India' under Modi's leadership where farmers are thrashed like this?"

 

At the timing of writing this article, the video was shared more than 300 times and one of our readers requested us to verify it. You can watch the video here:

The truth behind the video

A Twitter user named Jagdish commented under the video that it belongs to Nagor District of Rajasthan. The incident occurred on the afternoon of November 3, 2019. The victim in the video is Sukhram Meghwal, who belongs to the Meghwal community, was beaten by a few men from Jat Community.

He also mentioned that atrocities against Dalits have increased in the region, and attached a copy of Notice to Police Station. 

Upon research, we found a report by Boom who had reached out to Station House Officer (SHO) Nawa police, Satish Meena, who informed that the victim is a local and that arrests were made under the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of AtrocitiesAct and the Indian Penal Code. He also stated that the victim was beaten on suspicion of theft.

“Everything has been done, arrests were made under relevant sections of the SC/ST Act and the IPC,” the SHO said.

The four accused men, Mukesh Jat, Ramlal, Rajkumar, and Rudharam belong to the Jat community while the fifth accused Gopiram belongs to a Scheduled Caste.

 Dr. Ambedkar Student Front of India (DAFSI) sent a notice to Police in the same case.

According to Ravi Kumar Meghwal, national president of DAFSI, the Police were slow to arrest the accused and only after protests by the community and a letter to the chief minister, the arrests were made.

In the following video, the victim, Sukhram Meghwal narrated about the incident.

In the video, Sukhram alleged that the assault happen when he went to the village to look for his strayed cow after the men accused him of stealing a cable. He also alleged that his wallet and locket were stolen by the accused.

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