Swara Bhasker, June 16: In a first-of-its-kind move, the CM Yogi Adityanath-led Uttar Pradesh government has filed an FIR against Twitter and eight others connected with a video of a Muslim man being thrashed propelling fake news using the video on social media.
The FIR names Alt News co-founder Muhammed Zubair, who was the first to upload the muted video of the incident, falsely claimed that the victim was made to chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’ while being thrashed.
Fanning the fake narrative initiated by the self-proclaimed ‘fact-checkers, journalists, and leftist personalities such as Rana Ayyub, Saba Naqvi, and Congress leaders like Salman Nizami and Maskoor Usmani furthered the propaganda.
However, Bollywood actress Swara Bhasker who has not been named in the FIR has deflected her role in spreading this fake news. Now claiming that she is a Hindu, Bhasker as usual demands every Hindu to feel ashamed as the prime accused allegedly belongs to a Gujjar community, whitewashing the crimes of others involved.
Using utterly derogatory language, Bhasker continued to further her claims. “RW & Sanghis vomiting on my timeline ‘coz Ghaziabad police named 3 Muslims. Jackasses the prime accused is literally a Pravesh Gujjar. The man is on camera forcing the old man to chant #JaiShriRam Yes it is a desecration of my God and my religion and I’m ashamed.. as shud you be,” she said in a Tweet.
RW & Sanghis vomiting on my timeline ‘coz Ghaziabad police named 3 Muslims. Jackasses the prime accused is literally a Pravesh Gujjar. The man is on camera forcing the old man to chant #JaiShriRam
Yes it is a desecration of my God and my religion and I’m ashamed.. as shud you be
— Swara Bhasker (@ReallySwara) June 15, 2021
Swara claimed that she can hear the alleged accused ‘forcing’ the old man to chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’ in a video where the audio was muted. It is imperative to note that still, no video has emerged with audio where the perpetrators can be heard forcing the victim to chant ‘Jai Shri Ram.’
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The netizens, however, demand strict action against Bhasker for not only propagating false news, defaming the Hindu religious the slogan ‘Jai Shri Ram’ but also concealing the crimes of the accused from the Muslim community, falsely giving communal colours to a petty crime.
Indian filmmaker Ashoke Pandit tagging the UP Police has demanded strict action against Bhasker for inciting communal violence.
— Ashoke Pandit (@ashokepandit) June 16, 2021
Meanwhile, after being slapped with an FIR for spreading fake news to incite communal hatred, Zubair took to Twitter to announce that he has deleted the video about the incident as the ‘facts didn’t add up.
I've deleted the videos that I had posted. The victim's version of him being forced to chant "Jai Shri Ram" at this point in time do not seem to add up based on my conversations with police authorities and other journalists reporting on this issue. https://t.co/cof5bjv3I4
— Mohammed Zubair (@zoo_bear) June 15, 2021
Uttar Pradesh CM taking cognizance of the matter had responded sharply to Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s attempt to be a party to spreading the lie.