Video of man trying to sell off ration received from donations back to store traced back to Pakistan

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A video where a man is seen trying to get ration exchanged at a shop for ‘luxury items’ such as shampoo and soap has been recently doing the rounds on social media. Upon insistence by the shop owner, the man in the video reveals that he has over 200 kgs of dry ration collected, which was donated to his family due to the corona virus pandemic. As it is much more than what his family requires, he is looking to get it exchanged for other goods or money.

TWITTER

The video has been shared by many over social media, most prominently Rahul Srivastav, who is the Additional SP of Uttar Pradesh Police. He added his doubt, wrote “It’s quite unfortunate if it’s true” His following tweet has hundreds of retweets and likes-

अगर ये सच है तो बहुत दुर्भाग्यपूर्ण है! मानवता को ऐसे धोखा देने से इंसानियत से भरोसा उठ जायेगा और असली ज़रूरतमंद आदमी भूखा रह जायेगा । सभी मददगारों से अनुरोध है कि मदद करने से पहले यह सुनिस्चित करें कि आपकी सहृदयता का दुरुपयोग न हो

The text accompanying the post says, “If this is true then it is very unfortunate!
Such deceit of humane actions can cause people to lose faith in humanity and the people that are really in need will have to go hungry. Before helping, all helpers are requested to ensure that your warmth is not misused.”

Other twitter users have also shared the video from their accounts.

FACEBOOK

This video has been posted by several different accounts of Indian origin across Facebook-

 

ANALYSIS

Interestingly, upon performing a reverse image search of snapshots of the video, it is revealed that it has also been posted by several Facebook groups and Youtube users which appear to be from Pakistan.

By looking closely at the different aspects of the video, the following points were observed-

 

The brand featured on these cardboard boxes can be read as ‘Pakiza Masala”. A quick google search of the brand name reveals that it is a popular brand of spices in Pakistan.

Same brand with Pakistan’s Flag

Additionally, the banner on top of a shop at the back of the video is written completely in Urdu, which is very unusual for a store in India, which usually has a local language written alongside Urdu on almost all public hoardings.

Pakistani news channel Capital TV posted the same video, claiming that it was from Karachi. Similarly, other news channels like Urdu News 24 7 and leading news channel GNN have also claimed that the video has originated from Pakistan.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ck-8HRuc_Pc
With this evidence, it can be established that this video has originated in Pakistan. It is being falsely shared as that of India by many, including the ASP of UP Police. Reports by India Today and AltNews have also concluded that this video is from Pakistan and not from India, as being claimed by several social media users.
Anjali Jain

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Anjali Jain

Just trying to make this world a better place, one issue at a time. Journalism Student. When not busting fake news, can be found hiking, exploring and trying to feel alive.