Police in India said this incident involved stray dogs that scattered rooster carcasses in a street
A video has been viewed tens of thousands of times in multiple Facebook and Twitter posts that claim it shows pieces of chicken and lamb on a street after they were thrown at a Hindu temple in India. Some of the posts also claim that the meat was deliberately thrown by Muslims. The claim is false; local police concluded that stray dogs had scattered rooster carcasses from a pile of rubbish at the scene; a closer analysis of the footage shows that rooster feathers can be seen littered across the street while several dogs congregate in the area next to a pile of rubbish.
The 31-second video was shared here on Facebook on February 13, 2020.
Below is a screenshot of the misleading post:
The post’s Hindi caption translates to English as: “Today in Nagla road locality in Hathras town, a bag full of chicken and lamb meat pieces were thrown near a temple by Muslims. This angered local Hindus, police were informed and they arrived to take appropriate action; yours servant Raju Kaushik, chief of International Hindu Body in Hathras.”
Hathras is a city in Uttar Pradesh, India’s most populous state.
The claim is false; police in Hathras said they investigated the matter and found that stray dogs had scattered rooster carcasses at the scene.
“A video on social media is being shared with a claim that Muslims threw pieces of meat near a Hindu temple. Our officer reached the spot and after an investigation found that there were not meat pieces but rooster skin and feathers were thrown in a garbage dump, which was picked by street dogs and scattered all over,” the police department said in a statement on Twitter on February 13, 2020. “The claim on social media is fake and Hathras police refutes all the claims.”
हाथरस पुलिस द्वारा उक्त खबर का खंडन किया जाता है। pic.twitter.com/Ov0O0thAKe— HATHRAS POLICE (@hathraspolice) February 13, 2020
The footage shared in the misleading posts shows a pile of rubbish and multiple dogs next to the rooster carcasses, as seen in the screenshot below:
A closer analysis of the footage found rooster caracasses could also be seen on the street, corresponding with the police report.