There were reports doing rounds on social media on Sunday about the scuffle between protesters and Kashmiri Pandits at Shaheen Bagh where women are protesting against Citizenship Act for last 35 days.
Also, there were media outlets who reported the scuffle. One of those shared a video with the headline, “Protest Vs Protest: Kashmiri Pandits-protesters scuffle at Shaheen Bagh.”
Here’s the truth behind the claim:
As rumors started doing the rounds that a few Kashmiri Pandits had been roughed up at the event, those in support took to the stage to clear the air, reported a leading media portal.
Protest Vs Protest: Kashmiri Pandits-Protesters scuffle at Shaheen Bagh.
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Theatre director M K Raina was among them. “Shaheen Bagh is no longer Shaheen Bagh. It has become India,” he said. Raina said that having being driven out of Kashmir, he empathised with the pain of those who might be left “homeless”.
“After Mahatma Gandhi’s satyagraha, this is the first such programme where so many oppressed and poor people are standing up for the country. It’s the first time that the youth of India — whether from universities in Mumbai or Delhi — have forced the older ones to take to the streets to save the country. Hindustan humara hoga,” he said.’
Ashish Pandita, a real estate businessman, denied any news of a scuffle, reported a media portal. “There has been no attack on us,” he said. Ashwini Pandit, another speaker, told his views.
No, Kashmiri Pandits were not roughed up at Shaheen Bagh Square on Sunday. The claim stands false.