“We lack killer instinct, including me. We worry abt the consequences later. They are like “Jo hoga dekha jayega” (we’ll see what happens),” tweeted a user sharing a CCTV video of a man in a skull cap beating another man with a rod. “@narendramodi this is increasing their power! Please take some strict action,” wrote Twitter user @TheMehtaji while another user suggested that the Muslim community in India should be economically boycotted.
BJP Delhi social media head Naveen Kumar also shared the video. He wrote, “कपड़ों से पहचाना जा सकता है” referring to Prime Minister Modi’s statement during anti-CAA protests that those inciting violence “can be identified by their clothes”. His tweet was quote-tweeted by @seriousfunnyguy who is followed by PM Modi, Piyush Goyal, Smriti Irani and Kapil Mishra.
कपड़ों से पहचाना जा सकता है pic.twitter.com/qFxVIoiAV4
— Naveen Kumar (@naveenjindalbjp) February 26, 2021
BJP supporter Sonam Mahajan tweeted, “Miyan bhai ki darin in true sense.” Several people in her comments believe that a Hindu man was attacked in India.
Miyan bhai ki daring in true sense. pic.twitter.com/CPZIJBArUo
— Sonam Mahajan (@AsYouNotWish) February 26, 2021
Another user @thakkar_sameet who is followed by PM Modi also shared the clip. It has also been circulated with Tamil captions.
தொப்புள் கொடி உறவின் செயல் இந்தியர்களே பத்திரமா இருங்க… pic.twitter.com/CrsGB2Y6Dv
— Sri.Sri.Yadav ஓம் சிவாய நம (@iamSri_Sri) February 25, 2021
In the background, people can be heard talking in Sinhalese. This was the first clue that suggested the video could be from Sri Lanka.
Fact Crescendo Sri Lanka contacted Galaha police station in the central province of Sri Lanka. Acting OIC Rodrigo told the outlet that the attack was not religiously motivated. “The Muslim person is mentally ill. He suddenly engaged in the attack. We arrested him immediately and kept him in police custody. At present, the injured person is being treated at the hospital,” he said.
According to Fact Crescendo, the incident took place in the Galaha area of Kandy.
The attack has not been reported in Sri Lankan media but it is circulating in the country’s social media ecosystem.
A video of a Muslim man attacking a person in Sri Lanka was shared to malign the Indian Muslim community. As confirmed by the police, the incident does not have communal overtones but the perpetrator, who is now arrested, is mentally unstable.