Initially, media reports said a Nepali man was tonsured and made to chant 'Jai Shri Ram.' UP police later said he was a local paid to do the stunt.
This comes days after the Nepal Prime Minister's statement about 'real Ayodhya' being in Nepal and not in Uttar Pradesh stirred a controversy. In his Facebook post, Pathak justified his actions and urged his followers to write 'Jai Shri Ram' on the scalp of other Nepalis. Nepal's envoy to India Nilamber Acharya spoke about the issue with Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, who assured him of firm action.
On July 18, the Varanasi police said the man, who was tonsured, was in-fact a local who had been paid Rs 1,000 by the Vishwa Hindu Sena to feature in the video. The police verified his identity through his Aadhar and voter ID card. He is a resident of Varanasi.