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Two-Month-Old Video Used to Claim Delhi Police Released Chemical Gas Inside Muslim Homes

An Alt News fact check has found that those were tear gas shells used in December in Jafrabad, which has now emerged the epicentre of the riots.

In the backdrop of continuing communal violence in north east Delhi, a video of a distressed family is being shared on social media with the claim that Delhi police is pumping ‘chemical gas’ inside Muslim homes in Delhi’s Jafrabad area.

In the video, the family can be heard complaining about the gas released around the vicinity.

दिल दहला देने वाली घटना#दिल्ली के जफराबाद का वीडियो है, दिल्ली पुलिस मुसलमानों के घरों में केमिकल गैस छोड़ रही है, जिससे छोटे छोटे मासूम बच्चों की हालत बेहद खराब है!दिल्ली पुलिस कुछ तो शर्म करो कम से कम इन बच्चों का तो ख्याल करो। Folded hands

Posted by Jabeen Fatma on Tuesday, February 25, 2020

On February 25, Twitter user Dinesh Mishra tweeted the 39-second clip and claimed, “Heartbreaking incident. Video from Delhi’s Jafrabad. Delhi police are pumping chemical gas inside Muslim homes. This has left the [health] condition of little children in a bad state. Have some shame and at least think about these kids.”. The tweet has amassed close to 1,000 retweets so far. It has now been taken down.

Also read: Calculated Chaos: The Delhi Riots Are Exactly What CAA Is About

[Translated from “दिल दहला देने वाली घटना.#दिल्ली के जफराबाद का वीडियो है, दिल्ली पुलिस मुसलमानों के घरों में केमिकल गैस छोड़ रही है जिससे छोटे छोटे मासूम बच्चों की हालत बेहद खराब है शर्म करो कम से कम इन बच्चों का तो ख्याल करो।”]

Fact-check

With a keyword search on the YouTube channel of CTV News India (the channel’s logo is visible in the video), Alt News found the same clip posted on December 17, 2019.

“दिल्ली के जफराबाद मे पुलिस मुसलमानों को घरों मे केमिकल गैस छोड़ रही है (‘Police is pumping chemical gas in Muslim households of Delhi’s Jafrabad’),” reads its title.

At 14 seconds in the video, the woman claims that the police are firing tear gas shells inside their houses. She says, “The police here is being merciless. They are coming inside [our] houses and releasing tear gas.”

[Translated from “यहाँ की पुलिस बहुत ज्यादा बेरहम हो रही है। (अपने) घरों में घुस के टेअर गैस छोड़ रही है.”]

Clashes had reportedly broken out between the police and the protesters during a demonstration against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) in Delhi’s Jafrabad area on December 17, 2019.

According to a report published by Dainik Jagran on December 18, 2019, an inquiry report prepared by senior police officials stated that at least 350 tear gas shells were fired to bring the situation under control that day.

A two-month-old video is being shared on social media with the false claim that Delhi police is using ‘chemical gas’ against members of the Muslim community in the ongoing communal clashes in the region.

The article was originally published on Alt News. You can read it here