The Uttar Pradesh Police have registered an FIR against Alt News co-founder Mohammed Zubair and seven others for allegedly sharing a fake video involving an elderly Muslim man. Zubair later deleted the video saying that the ‘victim’s version of him being forced to chant “Jai Shri Ram” at this point in time do not seem to add up.’
Aside from Zubair, Rana Ayub, The Wire, Salman Nizami, Mashkoor Usmani, Shama Mohamed, Saba Naqvi and Twitter have been named in the FIR.
While sharing the video of a Muslim man being brutally assaulted and his bear chopped off, Zubair had tweeted, “An elderly man, Sufi Abdul Samad Saifi was attacked by five goons in Loni, Ghaziabad. He was threatened at the gunpoint, beaten, assaulted, and they forcefully chopped off his beard.”
The Ghaziabad Police later denied the communal angle and said that the elderly man, identified as Abdul Samad, was assaulted over the purchase of an amulet or taweez since the victim allegedly practiced occultism and had sold a taaweez to the prime accused, Parvesh Gurjar.
Shalabh Mani Tripathi, an advisor to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, shared the original tweet posted by Zubair and asked the Ghaziabad Police to take action him. The Ghaziabad Police replied, “Sir, we’ve taken cognisance. Action as per laws is being taken.”
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— GHAZIABAD POLICE (@ghaziabadpolice) June 15, 2021
Zubair later tweeted informing that he had deleted his original tweet. He wrote, “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.”
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
The Uttar Pradesh Police have arrested three people in the case. According to the Ghaziabad Police, aside from Gurjar, other key accused persons include Arif, Adil and Mushahid.