Amar Ujala publishes fake news about Tablighis

The Saharanpur Police have put out a statement refuting media reports that members of the Tablighi Jamaat asked for non-vegetarian food and defecated in the open inside a quarantine facility in Uttar Pradesh’s Saharanpur. The claim appeared on the front page of the national daily Amar Ujala on April 5, 2020. It was also shared on the paper’s official page on Facebook, where it received more than 4,000 likes and shares. “After Uttar Pradesh’s Bijnor, a new case of Jamaatis has also come to light in Saharanpur. When they did not get non-vegetarian food, the Jamaatis here threw away the food and defecated in the open,” claimed the Amar Ujala report. The report cited a similar incident that it alleged had happened at a quarantine facility in Bijnor. It cites Sub Divisional Magistrate SN Sharma as the source of the information. “SDM SN Sharma, SMI Irfan Ahmed, along with other police officers, arrived at the facility and pacified the Jamaatis. They were told clearly that only food prescribed by the government will be served. If they repeat their behaviour, strict legal action will be taken.” A local media outlet, News 1 India, picked up the Saharanpur story and shared it on Twitter, adding that it was mutton biryani that members of the Tablighi Jamaat desired. The Saharanpur Police used its official Twitter account to reply to the tweet with a statement that the claims of the media outlets were investigated and found to be “wrong and untrue”.

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Source of information News Report Place of incident Business premises :Social Media
Number of victims 0 Identity of victim Muslims
Location of incident Business premises Was cross FIR filed No
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Investigating agency Saharanpur Police Victim's lawyer
Role of police Satisfactory Current status FIR not filed
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Date of incident: April 05, 2020
Nature of Violence
  • Hate Speech / Slander
  • Causal factors
  • Religious identity
  • Name of the victim : Undisclosed
    Name of Perpetrator Amar Ujala
    State Uttar Pradesh
    District/City Lucknow
    Party In Power / Incidents BJP - Bharatiya Janata Party
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