Muslim vendor accused of spreading Covid-19

Two videos of an elderly fruit seller were widely circulated on social media claiming that he sprinkled his urine on the bananas that he was selling. In the first video, the fruit seller is seen standing near his cart. When asked if he urinated in a bottle, he moves ahead saying, “Don’t talk stupid”. In the second video, the elderly man is seen standing in front of a house and profusely apologizing. He is doing sit-ups while a person behind the camera claims that the man urinated in a bottle, then sprinkled the urine on bananas. The fruit seller says, “I made a mistake, I am a poor labourer, I have a heart problem.” He then tries to leave the spot but the person who is probably filming the video shouts, “Don’t go anywhere. Stay right there. If you go, you will get a bad [beating]. It’s because of you, the problem will arise. Bijnor will be destroyed.” Bijnor Police stated that the old man seen in the video is Irfan Ahmed, who sells seasonal fruits roaming around the city. On April 20, he was selling fruits in Bukhara colony of Bijnor district in Uttarpradesh when he went to urinate in a lane. Subsequently, he washed his hands with water from a bottle kept on his cart and later sprinkled the water over the fruits and drank water from the same bottle. A passer-by started creating ruckus claiming that he sprinkled urine over the fruits. However, in the video, the man cannot be seen doing the same. The police informed that prima facie the video appears to have been made for spreading rumours. Irfan Ahmed was initially arrested, but he has now been given bail and sent to a quarantine ward. Police are looking for the people who uploaded the video on social media.

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Source of information News Report Place of incident Village :Colony
Number of victims 1 Identity of victim Muslims
Location of incident Village Was cross FIR filed No
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There is no mention in the FIR of the man sprinkling urine over fruits. It says, “This person had washed his hands with the water from this bottle after urinating and he later sprinkled the dirty water on the fruits placed

Investigating agency State Police Victim's lawyer
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Date of incident: April 20, 2020
Nature of Violence
  • Harassment
  • Threat
  • Verbal Abuse
  • Causal factors
  • Religious identity
  • Name of the victim : Irfan Ahmed
    Name of Perpetrator Undisclosed
    State Uttar Pradesh
    District/City Bijnor
    Party In Power / Incidents BJP - Bharatiya Janata Party
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