Fact Check: This Video Is Not Of Borivali Station After Mumbai Local Train Services Resumed

After suburban train services in Mumbai came back on track after a gap of 10 month break due to coronavirus pandemic, a video of a crowded platform has started making rounds on the internet. It is being claimed that the video is from crowded Borivali station on the first day after local train services were operationalised for all commuters.

The caption of the video read, ‘First day  after covid Suburban train services open for all commuters….A scene from Borivali today…’.

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FACT CHECK

NewsMobile fact-checked the above post and found the claim to be false.

On putting the keyframes of the video through Reverse Image Search, we found the same video on YouTube published on March 21, 2016. The title of the video read, ‘Amazing mumbai local crowd’.

We also found that the same video has been uploaded in 2019 on YouTube.

Western Railway, Mumbai Central Division and Divisional Railway Manager- Mumbai Division of Western Railway, took to Twitter to confirm that the video is old and no large crowd was reported from Borivali station. 

Similarly, a tweet was put out from the official handle of Western Railway (Mumbai Central Division), stating that security forces are deployed at Mumbai’s suburban sections to regulate the crowd, and no large crowd was reported from any of the sections.

We also found a tweet by The Free Press Journal dated February 1, 2021, showing the video of the crowd at Borivali station.

NewsMobile could not independently verify the origin of the video. But, the above information establishes the fact that the video in question is old as it was already been in circulation on the internet much before the Mumbai local trains were resumed on February 1, 2021.

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