DCP Amarnath Reddy clarified that the video released by the BJP leader was fake.

Ktaka BJP leaders video showing Cong leaders dancing to Pak national anthem is fakeAmarnath Reddy, YouTube image
news Politics Sunday, December 03, 2017 - 09:44

Raju Topannanavar, BJP’s general secretary for Mahanagara block in Belagavi in Karnataka, was left embarrassed when a video clip he released to the media on Saturday was dismissed as a fake by the police.

The video purportedly showed Congress members belonging to the Belagavi City Corporation (BCC) ‘dancing to the tune of the Pakistani national anthem’, during Id Milad celebrations on Saturday but the police dismissed the video as a fake.

Topannavar, who had gone to the lengths of hosting a press conference to release the video tapes that he believed had “evidence to prove that some BCC members were anti-national and pro-Pakistani feelings”, reported The New Indian Express. .

He claimed that the video clip showed M Muzamil, M Azeem and M Nazeem, three members of the BCC, dancing along to the Pakistani national anthem and termed it an anti-national act, as reported by The Hindu.

The leader reportedly showed the clip on his mobile phone and later gave it to news channels who aired the clip on television. However Deputy Commissioner of Police Amarnath Reddy clarified later in the day that the clip was actually filmed at a procession two years ago when he and a number of other officials were present on duty. “It was uploaded on YouTube by some amateur videographers,” he said speaking to The Hindu while adding that the video was likely doctored and the audio changed.  

Condemning the act of disturbing peace by attempting to divide communities, the DCP said that this could attract severe punishment under the law.

The fake news bug, which has affected elections across the world, is now spreading in Karnataka, six months before the state goes to polls. While TV channels aired the clip reportedly showing the corporators dancing to a Pakistani song, the news had been debunked by the time the print media reported them.

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