Fact Check: Old Video From Pakistan Falsely Shared As ‘Faith Healer’ Arrested In Punjab

A video in which police can be seen arresting a person hidden inside a grave is being widely shared on social media with a claim that Punjab Police arrested a Muslim faith healer for allegedly duping people.

The video is shared on Facebook with a Hindi caption, “मुरीदों के पुकारने पर पीर साहब कब्र से जवाब देते थे. जब पंजाब पुलिस को पता चला तो पीर साहब को आवाज समेत कब्र से बाहर निकाल लिया”

(English translation: Pir Sahib (faith healer) used to answer from the grave on the call of the fans. When the Punjab Police came to know about it, Peer Sahab was taken out of the grave with his voice)

Here’s the link to the above post.

FACT CHECK 

NewsMobile fact-checked the above claim and found it to be MISLEADING. 

Using the InVid Tool, we extracted keyframes from the viral video and performed a Reverse Image Search. This search directed us to the official YouTube page of Hamdard Media Group Canada which carried the same viral video on April 11, 2021. The video description reads, “Punjabi Alive Man in Grave Yard | Peer Baba Grave Yard Viral Video | Fake Peer | Man Grave Yard 2021”

Searching further, we found the same video on another YouTube channel on February 15, 2020. “In the area of Sadar Police Station Cantt, Sialkot, a fake Peer went into a grave to pray for his disciples for forty days. Here is the footage of his being taken out from the grave,” reads the description. 

We also found the same video uploaded on a Pakistan-based news channel on February 15, 2020. The video description read, “Exclusive!! Room In A Grave Of Fake Peer.”

The same was also reported by several Pakistani news reports in February 2020. Check here and here.

Thus, it is evident from the above information that a 2-year-old video is being falsely shared as a conman faith healer was arrested in Punjab recently.  

 

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