As the third phase of vaccination against COVID-19 gets underway with the government notifying that all adults are now eligible for the jab, a video of a mob chasing away security personnel and pelting stones has gone viral claiming that coronavirus testing and vaccination squads were driven out of a village.
One Facebook post was shared with a caption that reads, “INDIA: Villagers chase out the testing & vaccination squads. They see through the V-fraud!”
NewsMobile fact-checked the above claim and found it to be false and misleading.
Using the InVid tool, we extracted keyframes and after putting them through Reverse Image Search we found the same video uploaded in a news report published on April 23, 2021.
According to the video description, “A local administration officer and a group of policemen were attacked by a mob at a village in Jharkhand’s Saraikela, where a crowded mela was going on amid the deadly second wave of the COVID-19 crisis.”
The incident was also carried by other media organisations. According to these reports, eight people were arrested following the incident.
Hence, it is clear that the video in circulation shows a mob chasing policemen who tried to stop a crowded fair amid the COVID-19 crisis. The crowd was NOT chasing a COVID-19 testing and vaccination team as is being falsely claimed.
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