An incident of burning of a Muslim boy for not chanting Jai Shree Ram in Chandauli district of Uttar Pradesh was reported by some media houses. The boy has reportedly been admitted to Kabir Chaura hospital at Varanasi.
However, the Chandauli police have rejected the charge of burning of a Muslim boy for not chanting the Jai Shree Ram. They have already issued an advisory asking people to not spread the fake news.
कृपया गलत अफवाह एवं भ्रामक व असत्य खबरें प्रचारित व प्रसारित न करें
थाना सैयदराजा क्षेत्र के अन्तर्गत एक लड़के के साथ हुयी आगजनी की घटना के सम्बन्ध में पुलिस अधीक्षक चन्दौली का वक्तव्य दिये गये लिंक को टच कर देखें ?https://t.co/MLwj7xHqgR#uppolice @Uppolice @adgzonevaranasi
— Chandauli police (@chandaulipolice) July 29, 2019
After the initial investigation, SP Chandauli, Santosh Kumar Singh gave a detailed byte and said that the incident has been reported incorrectly. The boy has made contradictory claims. He has given three different versions of the incident. According to SP Chandauli, when police investigated further, an eye-witness (a newspaper hawker) to the incident, informed the police that he saw one insane person setting himself on fire in early hours of the day.
Here is the detailed byte of SP Chandauli.
This incident appears to be similar to a series of incidents these days which are being painted communal.
Interestingly, once the media reports were fact-checked by the Chandauli district police itself. The headlines of the report were changed.