No, video doesn't show Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann being 'assaulted by a crowd'

By: Umme Kulsum
May 24 2024

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No, video doesn't show Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann being 'assaulted by a crowd'

Screenshot of post claiming to show a mob attacking Chief Minister of Punjab Bhagwant Mann. (Source: X/Modified by Logically Facts)


The Verdict False

The man in the clip is Amandeep Singh Boparai, president of Yuva Jatt Sabha, an organization working for welfare of Jatt community in Jammu & Kashmir.

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What’s the claim? 

A video depicting a large crowd chasing and attacking a man in a yellow turban is circulating widely on social media. The claim accompanying the video suggests that the man being assaulted is Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann. The video (archived here) was shared on X (formerly Twitter) with a Hindi caption that translates to "Chief Minister Bhagwant Singh Mann was thrashed in Punjab." At the time of writing this article, the post had been viewed over 23,000 times.

The claim has also gained significant traction on Facebook. An archived version of a similar post can be found here.

Screenshot of claims made online. (Source: X/Facebook/Modified by Logically Facts)

However, the video in question is not related to Punjab or Mann.

What we found

A reverse image search of keyframes from the viral video led us to a longer version posted on Facebook by JK Rozana News (archived here) on April 13, 2024. The Hindi description translates to "Breaking Jammu—Uproar in Yuva Jat Sabha rally, Amandeep Singh Boparai attacked." Amandeep Singh Boparai is a social activist and president of the Yuva Jatt Sabha, an organization dedicated to the welfare and upliftment of the Jatt community in Jammu and Kashmir.

Following this lead, we searched for news reports about an attack on Boparai. We found another video shared on Facebook by a local news network in Jammu and Kashmir, JK Channel (archived here), on April 13, 2024. This eight-minute video, shot from a different angle, shows scenes similar to those in the viral clip. At 7:50 minutes into the video, we can see identical features — the white car, the blue bus, and the river passage alongside the road — as seen in the viral clip. The video description reads, "Amandeep Boparai was detained by the police, what happened in Gol Gujral."

Comparison showing the viral clip and Facebook video. (Source: X/Facebook/JK Channel)

We also discovered that Boparai addressed the attack on him during a live video on Facebook (archived here), alleging that the attack was pre-planned to create discord between Hindus and Sikhs during the ongoing Lok Sabha elections. On May 17, Boparai shared a post on Facebook (archived here) stating that the video of an attack on him in Jammu was being falsely associated with Mann. We have contacted him for clarification and will update this article with his response when we receive it.

The man in the yellow turban seen in the viral clip can also be seen in the video shared by JK Channel and on Boparai’s Facebook Live.

Comparison of the man in the yellow turban seen in the news channel and the viral clip. (Source: JK Channel/Facebook/X)

In an interview with Hindi news network Punjab Kesari, Boparai stated that a mob attacked a rally organized by the Yuva Jatt Sabha in Gol Gujral, Jammu. He revealed that he had been receiving threatening messages from Pakistani mobile numbers for several months, which had raised concerns about such an attack. Boparai reported that approximately 20 individuals assaulted him and his workers.

In Punjab, polling for 13 parliamentary constituencies will take place in a single phase during the seventh and final phase of voting, scheduled for June 1, 2024.

The verdict

The viral video depicts a mob assaulting Amandeep Singh Boparai, President of the Yuva Jatt Sabha, in Gol Gujral, Jammu, during a rally in April 2024. It has no connection to Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann. Therefore, we have marked this claim as false.

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