Fact check: Old Moradabad Covid contact tracing incident passed for action against Ram Navami stone peelers

A video of a group of women being escorted into a police vehicle has gone viral with the claim that they were arrested for throwing stones during a Ram Navami procession.

Several Facebook users posted this video with a Sarcastic caption in hindi which reads, “Farewell to the lioness throwing stones at Ram navami”.

India Today Anti-Fake News War Room (AFWA) discovered that this video is not related to Ram Navami’s recent communal violence. This video from Moradabad from 2020 shows medical professionals and cops escorting relatives of those who died of Covid-19 to a quarantine centre.

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AFWA probe

With the help of reverse image search, we confirmed that the viral video was uploaded to multiple YouTube channels in 2020. We found the same viral video was uploaded to a Bengali YouTube channel on April 16, 2020. It says the incident is from Moradabad.

Another YouTube channel, India Blooms News Service, uploaded a news clip with the same video but a longer version with more details on April 15, 2020.

The YouTube channel wrote in the description: “A team of doctors and medical staff came under attack in the town of Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh as they traveled to the area to escort key contacts from ‘a deceased COVID-19 positive patient to a quarantine facility on Wednesday.’

Just 25 seconds into the YouTube video, we can see the viral position where women are escorted into a police vehicle.

Using keyword search, we also found several news articles about this incident from Moradabad published in April 2020. The same viral video can also be seen in the NDTV news clip.

This incident was also reported by India today and The Hindu. According to these reports, a team of doctors, cops and other medical personnel were attacked by residents of Moradabad in western Uttar Pradesh when they traveled there to take key contacts of a deceased COVID-19 patient in a quarantine facility.

Thus, we can conclude that an unrelated old video has been passed around linking it to the recent communal violence during the Ram Navami.

Fact check

ClaimVideo of women arrested for throwing stones during a Ram Navami procession.ConclusionThis video is not related to the recent communal violence in Ram Navami. This video from Moradabad from 2020 shows medical professionals and cops escorting relatives of those who died of Covid-19 to a quarantine centre.

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