Belgavi youth committed suicide or was he killed by cow smugglers? Fact Check

A 19-year-old Belagavi (Belgaum) youth was found hanging at  the APMC Yard in Hire Bagewadi village in Belagavi on Sunday, May 26, just five days after he shared a video of News18 Kannada that said some truck being followed in the midnight had allegedly been smuggling cows.

An active “Gaurakshak”, the youth shared photos of cows and a slogan that said, “Jai Gaumata” on his Facebook bio.

When his death from hanging was found, several social media messages alleged that his death was a murder and accused the mafia of cow smugglers in the area. Here are some Facebook messages and tweets which have gone viral on social media platforms:

However, Belgaum city police commissioner said the post mortem report has ruled out any foul play and confirmed it as a case of suicide. He said the police have arrested two persons for spreading the fake news on social media. Suresh Angadi, Belagavi MP and BJP leader too clarified in his tweet saying:

Conclusion: Since the police version clearly rules out the claim that the deceased was hacked to death and the post-mortem report certifying that he committed suicide, the claim is MostlyFalse ????.

About Arun Nag

Arun is with Digiteye India since the beginning as the main source for re-writing stories and for re-checking the facts and images. He writes on general and political issues. He can be reached at or

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