A viral video circulating on social media purportedly showing former Uttar Pradesh Director General of Police (DGP) Devendra Singh Chauhan praising Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav has been debunked. The video in question has been edited to misrepresent Chauhan’s actual statement.

Viral Claim Debunked

Social media posts have falsely claimed that Devendra Singh Chauhan, the former DGP of Uttar Pradesh, praised Akhilesh Yadav, the former Chief Minister of the state. The misleading video snippet shows Chauhan apparently commending Yadav for his non-interference in police affairs, juxtaposed with an image of Yadav awarding a medal to a police officer.

However, upon closer examination, it was found that the original video was manipulated. The full context of Chauhan’s remarks reveals that he was actually praising the current Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath, not Akhilesh Yadav. This crucial detail was omitted in the edited clip circulating on social media platforms.

Uncovering the Truth

Through investigative efforts, it was determined that the misleading clip originated from a longer video published on the News18 India YouTube channel during the Lucknow Adhiveshan event in March 2023. The complete interview clearly shows Chauhan speaking positively about CM Yogi’s handling of police affairs, not Akhilesh Yadav.

Further scrutiny of the archived footage confirmed that at no point did Chauhan make any statements in favor of Akhilesh Yadav during the event. This clarification was also supported by the Uttar Pradesh Police’s fact-checking unit, which explicitly debunked the false claims surrounding Chauhan’s remarks.


In conclusion, the viral video alleging praise for Akhilesh Yadav by former UP DGP Devendra Singh Chauhan has been proven false. The manipulated clip misrepresented Chauhan’s statements, originally intended to commend CM Yogi Adityanath, not his predecessor. This incident underscores the importance of verifying information before sharing it widely on social media platforms.

As the discourse continues, it remains crucial to rely on verified sources and comprehensive context to avoid perpetuating misinformation. The clarification provided by investigative efforts and official statements serves to uphold factual accuracy amidst digital content dissemination.

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