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.
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.
चोरों और आतंकियो की मौत का मातम मनाने वाला ओवैसी #कमलेश_तिवारी के बलिदान के बाद झूम कर नाचा— Suresh Chavhanke “Sudarshan News” (@SureshChavhanke) October 20, 2019
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 pic.twitter.com/bggFOvUHWU
“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.”)
An archived version of the tweet can be seen here.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.Screenshot of the viral post.
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.
"Main apni party ke symbol patang ko kheench mara hu, kisi ne us video par koi gaana laga diya jo galat hai, hum aisi baaton par zyada dhyaan nahi dete" Aurangabad me Barrister Asaduddin Owaisi Sahab ka media ko bayaan @asadowaisi pic.twitter.com/uLttpHn34x— Mohammed Mohsin (@mohsinaddeen96) October 19, 2019
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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