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No, AIMIM Chief Didn't Dance to Celebrate Kamlesh Tiwari's Death

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The Quint
22nd October, 2019 15:25 IST
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Kamlesh Tiwari, president of a little known outfit, Hindu Samaj Party, was murdered in his house in Lucknow on Friday, 18 October. The police has arrested four people in connection with the case so far.

CLAIM

Two days later, Suresh Chavhanke, Editor-in-Chief of a Hindi news outlet, Sudarshan News, tweeted a video of AIMIM President Asaduddin Owaisi performing a dance step.

Chavhanke said that the video showed an excited Owaisi after Tiwari’s death. “Look at how brazenly Owaisi is dancing after Tiwari’s murder,” he added.

“ऐसे लगा कि जैसे इसका कोई मिशन सफ़ल हुआ हो.@myogiadityanath @AmitShah और @narendramodi जी, इसका बाहर रहना न जाने और कितने #KamleshTiwari की हत्या की वजह बनेगा@aimim_national #BindasBol. (It seems like his mission was successful. Yogi Aditynatha, Amit Shah and Narendra Modi ji, if he stays outside [the prison] he could be the reason for more such murders.”)

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An archived version of the tweet can be seen here.

The same video has been shared by multiple Facebook and Twitter users with the claim Chavhanke made in his tweet.

imageScreenshot of the viral post. image

WHAT’S THE TRUTH

The claim made by Chavhanke is false. The video is from an election rally in Aurangabad which was held on 17 October where Owaisi broke into a dance step while getting off the stage, after addressing a crowd.

Owaisi’s step looked like the act of flying a kite, apparently making a reference to his party’s symbol. However, Owaisi later said that he wasn’t really dancing and somebody used a music audio to make it seem like he was dancing. “I stay away from music,” Owaisi had said.

Clearly, an unrelated video has been used by the TV channel to push a certain agenda. Earlier too, Sudarshan News has been caught spreading fake news on multiple occasions. Earlier this year, the channel had shared a video with the false claim that a Muslim mob carried out a procession, raising slogans against RSS.

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