Fact CheckWe took a close look at the video and noticed that one of the signboards is written in Tamil. In addition to that, we also noticed a signboard that possibly reads 'Sri Ram Xerox'. Taking note of these clues, we performed a keyword search and found one Sri Ram Xerox in Coimbatore. We also broke down the video into key-frames and performed Google reverse image search and came across a tweet that talked about multiple murders in Tamil Nadu. One of those were reported from Coimbatore. It contained visuals that matched one of the frames of the viral clip. We then performed an additional keyword search and came across a report by The Hindu published on February 13. The headline read, 'Gang wars resurface in Coimbatore: Two hacked to death in public in two days' The report read that a 24-year-old man was hacked to death near the Combined Court Complex. He was assaulted by a five-member gang with machetes when he came to the court with his friend, Manoj. The 24-year-old victim was identified as Gokul, who allegedly was one of the accused involved in the murder of a 22-year-old youth near Saravanampatti in Coimbatore in December 2021. The five attackers were later apprehended by police, as reported by the local media. Hence, the viral video has nothing to do with the assault on migrant labourers. The victim here was likely an accomplice in a murder case and was killed by people possibly involved in the case. VIDEO #2: Police watch as people assist an injured man In the second clip, we can see a crowd gathered around a body while a handful of individuals attempt to help a bloodied person lying on the road. Two cops are also bystanders in this clip.
Fact CheckAlt News found a statement by Tamil Nadu police in which this clip as well as the clip discussed above are addressed. Police said that these incidents happened in the past --- in Tiruppur and in Coimbatore --- and are not related to attacks on migrant workers. According to them, the clip from Tiruppur is related to a clash between two groups of Bihari migrant workers while the clip from Coimbatore is a clash between local Tamil people. Times of India published on February 19. As per this report, the viral clip is from Jodhpur, Rajasthan where a lawyer was stabbed to death by individuals who were allegedly accused in an accident case in which the lawyer's son had died. This report carried CCTV footage of the incident. Hence, an unrelated clip of an attack on a lawyer in Rajasthan was falsely shared as visuals of an attack on migrant workers in Tamil Nadu. VIDEO #4: Man attacked with sickle and rod In this clip, we see three individuals attacking a man. One of the men holds the victim while the other two hit him repeatedly with a rod and a sickle. The video has been recorded from a moving auto-rickshaw. Sharing this clip, Twitter user Md. Sikandar wrote, "Terrorist attacks are being carried out on Hindi speaking people in Tamil Nadu that the law is over in the country?" (Archive.)
Fact CheckWe broke down the video into key-frames and performed a Google reverse image search. This led us to a report by ETV Bharat published on January 22, 2023. According to this report, the viral clip is from Hyderabad's Jiyaguda bypass near Puranapool. The victim was identified as Jangam Sainath (32) of Esamiya Bazaar, Koti. On January 23, Siasat Daily reported that the three accused Akash, Tillu and Sonu were arrested. The report also adds that a preliminary investigation revealed that they were drunk and a fight led to the gruesome killing. Hence, a video of a murder of an individual in Hyderabad was falsely shared as an attack on migrant workers in Tamil Nadu. VIDEO #5: Man killed with axe and sickle In this clip, we see four men kill a man with an axe and a sickle. The victim was also carrying a gun which he takes out but during the tussle the attacker snatches it from him. Sharing this clip, a user wrote in Hindi, "A Bihari brother was mercilessly thrashed to death in Tamil Nadu and yet the Nitish government is silent, this government only cares about power."
Fact CheckAlt News has fact-checked this clip in the past when it was viral with a communal spin. In reality, gangster Anwar Shaikh alias ‘Tiger’ was killed at Karatagi Cross, Savanur, Karnataka on August 8, 2021. The police later arrested the accused, Imran Chowdhary (28), Tanveer Chowdhary (24), Abir Chowdhary (22), and Rehan Chowdhary (20), all of whom were residents of Savanur town, Haveri district, Karnataka. Read the full Alt News report here. In summary, five clips were shared on social media as attacks on migrant workers in Tamil Nadu. Alt News could independently verify and prove that four of these clips are unrelated to the recent developments in the state.