WhatsApp, Facebook posts get it wrong. Man in this video not a Delhi riots accused

The Facebook posts and WhatsApp messages claimed the arrested man in the video is Siraj Mohd Anwar, a 'mobster' from Delhi.

A screen grab from the video of a man being arrested by the Ahmedabad police crime branch
A screen grab from the video of a man being arrested by the Ahmedabad police crime branch

New Delhi: Various WhatsApp forwards and Twitter and Facebook posts are circulating a video of Ahmedabad Police arresting a wanted criminal, claiming the man to be Siraj Mohd Anwar who was “involved in Delhi riots”.

The social media posts and WhatsApp messages claim Anwar is a “mobster” from Delhi. The video also showed him in possession of a gun at the time police caught him.

Multiple accounts on Facebook and Twitter have been sharing the video with similar posts that read: “Live operation of Bharuch Crime Branch arresting a mobsters from Delhi, whose name is Siraj Mohd Anwar n involved in delhi riots. Upon tips, Bharuch Crime Branch nabbed him. Rare to see such footages. (sic)”

A Facebook post of the video put up by “Education website” @ssbcrack has been seen over 50,000 times and liked around 2,000 times at the time of publishing this report.

Fact check

The viral video is neither from Bharuch nor is the arrested man Siraj Mohd Anwar.

The video is from the evening of 27 June when the Ahmedabad Police crime branch arrested wanted criminal Kishor Luhar along with three others from an eatery in Gujarat’s Amarpura village.

Luhar’s involvement is suspected in 14 offences, including robbery and rape.

According to a Times of India report, Luhar was involved in seven offences in Ahmedabad city, five in Banaskantha district and two in Sirohi and Khalor districts of Rajasthan.

The police also recovered a pistol from him along with a magazine and five live cartridges.

In collaboration with SM Hoaxslayer

(Edited by Sanghamitra Mazumdar)

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