An ugly brawl broke out in UP's Baghpat district between shopkeepers and workers of two chat stalls in Atithi Bhavan market area in Baraut town over getting more customers to their respective shops.
Armed with iron rods and sticks, the men thrashed each other in a fight that lasted for 20 minutes or so before it came to a halt, police said.
Soon the visuals from the fight went viral across social media.
Note: Some viewers may find the video disturbing. Strong language used.
Shopkeepers in UP's Baghpat engage in hand-to-hand combat using lathis, pipes, etc. A dozen injured in the violence @Uppolice pic.twitter.com/0S9irgil1Z — Sandeep Rai (@RaiSandeepTOI) February 22, 2021
According to a statement by Baghpat police, 12 people were injured and eight were arrested related to the incident. However, no serious injuries were reported.
#UPDATE | Eight people have been arrested in connection with the clash that broke out between two groups of shopkeepers in Baraut area of Baghpat earlier today: Baghpat Police pic.twitter.com/xwoGVBEGav — ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) February 22, 2021
After the fight video, a photo of the arrested perpetrators also started doing the rounds of microblogging site Twitter. Netizens were particularly interested in a man with long, orange-tinged hair, who reminded them of the great Albert Einstein. Many others likened the man to a fictional character called "Virus" played by Boman Irani in 3 Idiots.
Prof Viru Sahasrabuddhe, Dr Mashhoor Gulati and Albert Einstein joining hands to unleash Henna Hatela on the unsuspecting public of UP. pic.twitter.com/5yVo3bRH8W — Roflindian (@Roflindian) February 22, 2021
“The world is in greater peril from those who tolerate or encourage evil than from those who actually commit it.” -Albert Einstein pic.twitter.com/LtG6d2yB9Q — sanjoy ghose (@advsanjoy) February 23, 2021
If that wasn't enough, the viral man was now desi Internet's "chacha" (uncle) and Twitterati trended the same all through Tuesday.
"Two chat shop owners clashed with each other in Baraut over getting more customers to their stall. Eight people have been arrested from both sides," NDTV quoted police officer MS Rawat as saying.