Fact Check: Unrelated Video Fictitiously Shared As a Driver Beaten for Asking Salary in Kerala

A video showing a man being thrashed by another person is widely shared on social media. It’s claimed that a driver was brutally beaten by the employees in the Thrissur district of Kerala, because he asked for a licence and salary. 

The video is shared on Facebook with the caption, “തൃശ്ശൂർ ബെസ്റ്റ് cement കമ്പിനിയിൽ ലൈസൻസും ശമ്പളവും ചോദിച്ചതിന് ഡ്രൈവറെ അവിടത്തെ ജീവിനക്കാർ തല്ലുകയും പിന്നീട്‌ ഡ്രൈവറെ ശമ്പളവും കൊടുക്കാതെ പറഞ്ഞു വിടുകയും ചെയിതു ഇവരുടെ കമ്പനിയിൽ ഇന്നി മുതൽ ആരും ജോലിക്കി പോവെറുത് പരമാവധി ഈ പോസ്റ്റ് ഷെയർ ചെയുക” (English translation: Residents of Thrissur Best Cement Company beat the driver as he asked for a licence and salary. Please share this post as much as possible if anyone wants to work in their company from now on)

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

Running the keyframes from the viral video through a Reverse Image Search, we spotted a Kerala Police statement, dated February 18, 2023, which clarifies: “The video that is going viral on social media now is from the incident that took place in Cherussery in Thrissur district in December 2022. Police action has begun.”

Searching further, we found a news report in Asianet News, dated February 18, 2023, with a caption: “The father said that he attacked his son because he could not bear it; The incident took place in December and the police said that no complaint had been received.” The caption also states this incident happened in December 2022. 

Another news article by ManromaOnline had also reported the same incident. The report states: “A POCSO case will be filed against the lorry driver for allegedly trying to molest a class 10 student. The child’s statement was recorded by the police. After the footage of the child’s father beating the driver was circulated on social media, the police are investigating the action.” According to the report, the incident happened on December 4, 2022. 

Thus, it is evident from the above information that video from Kerala is now being shared with misleading claims. 

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