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Fake video used to incite violence in Muzaffarnagar: Home Secretary
Monday September 9, 2013 0:23 AM, News Network

Local officials while addressing a press conference Sunday said that one of the inception points for the violence was a video posted online that wrongly claimed to show two men being lynched by a mob in the state.

"'Fake video", posted on YouTube and other social networks, was at least two years old and appears not to have been filmed in Uttar Pradesh", NDTV quoted Home Secretary Kamal Saxena as saying.

The video claimed to capture the killing in a village named Kawal on August 27. Arun Kumar, a senior police officer, said that the video had been blocked and that an investigation was trying to locate the person who uploaded it.

At least 21 people have been killed so far in one of the worst communal violence of recent days in Uttar Pradesh's Muzaffarnagar district. The violence followed killing of two youths by a mob on August 27.

In protest, a meeting of thousands of Jat farmers was called yesterday and as the farmers were headed home, they were attacked. Twelve people died then and the army was called in, but another 13 people were killed in new violence in six villages today.

The Video clip was so popularized in the district that even widely circulated Hindi news paper like Dainik Jagaran in its local edition printed the screen shot image of the video clip and showed one of the boys lying on ground in blood surrounded by an apparent Muslim crowd, appallingly without even cross checking the authenticity of the video, according to TCN News.

The print news item of Jagaran, with screen shot of the said video, came as a blessing for hate mongers who then started widely circulating the forged news item and presenting it as Muzaffarnagar, Kawa killing clip of two Hindu jatt boys.

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