The recent news of Ujjain Rape case of a teenage girl in Madhya Pradesh has shaken the entire country. According to media reports, the minor girl was roaming around partially clothed, but no one came forward to help her. Meanwhile, the accused in this incident, Bharat Soni, has been arrested by the police.
What claim is going viral?
News is going viral on social media that the police have killed the accused Bharat Soni in an encounter. Many social media users claim that the accused was trying to escape, but the police encountered and killed him.
An account named Sumit Thakkar wrote in a post, “The heinous criminal from Ujjain was killed in a gunfight. Shivraj walks on the path of Modi and Yogi. Well done @ChouhanShivraj.”
Which users made claims?
Several other users are also claiming that the same accused in the Ujjain rape case were killed in an encounter. Bharat Reddy, Rai ji, and Babu are among those making this claim.
The DFRAC team conducted an investigation into the claims of the accused Bharat Soni being killed in an encounter in the Ujjain rape case. Our team conducted a keyword search on Google regarding the Ujjain encounter and found several statements from Ujjain police and media reports that provided detailed information about the encounter.
So, was the accused in the Ujjain rape case killed?
In our investigation, we found a press release and a statement from the police regarding this incident through the Twitter ID of Ujjain SP (@ujjain_sp).
According to this press release, when the police reached the crime scene with the accused Bharat Soni, he attempted to escape by pushing the police officers. During this attempt, he pelted stones at the police, injuring two officers. The accused himself also fell into a pit and got injured.
What is the coverage of the Ujjain rape case in the media?
According to a report by ‘Zee News’, the coverage of the incident in the media is as follows: The accused of the Ujjain rape case attempted to escape during police custody, as per the report. After which, he was injured in a police encounter.
The report states that based on the statement of Inspector Ajay Kumar, it is mentioned that the accused, Bharat Soni, tried to flee. The police officers chased him and apprehended him. During this, he fell down and injured his hands and feet.
According to a report by ‘News-18 India’, it has also been revealed that the accused got injured while attempting to escape from police custody. The police had taken the accused to the crime scene. During the same time, the accused pushed the police officers and tried to run away. Two police constables also got injured who attempted to catch him. The police have admitted the accused to the hospital.
It is clear from the fact check that the accused in the Ujjain rape case, Bharat Soni, was not killed in an encounter. He attempted to flee by pushing the police personnel at the crime scene and got injured after falling into a pit. Therefore, the claim made by social media users is incorrect.