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FACT CHECK: Did RSS burn Indian Constitution and raise slogans against B.R Ambedkar?

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In our investigation, we found out that the claim that RSS members burnt a copy of the Indian Constitution is completely false. The viral video is two-year-old, showing a group of men burning the Indian Constitution while chanting slogans against B R Ambedkar and the SC/ST Act. 

A video is doing rounds on social media with a claim that members of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) burnt a copy of the Indian Constitution. A twitter user named Kinju shared the video with a caption in Hindi that can be roughly translated to, "At last the day has come that RSS was eagerly waiting for and what’s dangerous for the country. RSS showed its true face, chanted Ambedkar murdabad slogans and burnt the Constitution. They raised Manuvad zindabad slogans." 

At the time of writing this article, this video received more than 600 retweets. 

The same video was shared on Facebook by a page named AMU citizens with the same claim. 

The same is going viral on Facebook. You can watch the video down below. 

In the video, a group of men can be heard chanting, “Constitution murdabad, Ambedkar murdabad, reservation murdabad”.  Other slogans that were raised are, “Burn the Constitution, save the nation” and “manuvad zindabad, SC/ST Act murdabad.”

The truth behind the video 

In our investigation, we found this claim to be completely false.

With the help of a keyword search, we found the same video to be uploaded on a YouTube channel 'Citizens for justice and peace' on August 13, 2018.

The video has a description, "Burning the Constitution is rejecting democracy and secularism which is what India stands for. An FIR has been lodged by Akhil Bhartiya Bheem Sena against the fringe groups who burned the Constitution in New Delhi on August 10th, 2018. The hooligans shouted anti-constitution, anti-Ambedkar and anti-SC/ST slogans while burning the Constitution."

This incident was covered by many media houses including, including NDTV, Hindustan Times, The Hindu and Indian Express. As per Hindustan Times report, Anil Tanwar, national in-charge of Akhil Bhartiya Bheem Sena, filed a written complaint with the Delhi police regarding the matter. “The police team found out two different organizations — Youth For Equality Foundation (Azad Sena) and Arakshan Virodhi Party — were holding the protest jointly at Parliament Street. While the Arakshan Virodhi Party was demonstrating under the leadership of Deepak Gaur, the Youth Equality Foundation was headed by one Abhishekh Shukla. After collection of evidence, three different police teams were formed to nab the accused,” the media outlet quotes deputy commissioner of police (New Delhi) Madhur Verma. Gaur was arrested in Faridabad.

There is no mention of affiliation of these organizations with RSS in any of the reports. 

In conclusion, the claim that RSS members burnt a copy of the Indian Constitution is completely false. The viral video is two-year-old, showing a group of men burning the Indian Constitution while chanting slogans against B R Ambedkar and the SC/ST Act. The video is currently viral thus giving the impression that the incident is recent. The organizations that were booked by the police were Youth For Equality Foundation (Azad Sena) and Arakshan Virodhi Party.

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