35000\- का चालान करने पर लडके ने अपनी कार में आग लगा दी और बीवी बच्चो को सडक पे पिस्तौल देके बिठा दिया । आगे पूरा विडियो देखे ।” (A man set his car on fire on being fined Rs.35000, and made his wife and children sit on the road with a pistol. Watch the entire video- translated).

A video which shows a tense standoff between police and an armed person, has been shared widely on social media along with the above message. The video, which also shows a burning vehicle, has been circulated with the narrative that a person set ablaze his own car after being fined Rs.35,000 for traffic rule violations.

#Mathura :-
35000\- का चालान करने पर लडके ने अपनी कार में आग लगा दी और बीवी बच्चो को सडक पे पिस्तौल देके बिठा दिया ।
आगे पूरा विडियो देखे ।

Posted by सुमित सरीन on Thursday, October 10, 2019

The above video, posted by an individual users, has been viewed over 540,000 times so far, and shared over 15,000 times since it was posted on October 10. As can be seen, the video is a broadcast by the Hindi channel ABP News. The incident took place in Mathura, UP.

Another video of the incident, shot by a bystander, shows the police attempting to communicate with the armed person via microphone, while the latter warns the police against coming any closer. In the distance, a burning car can be seen, as also a woman and child squatting on the road. A gun is handed over to the female by the armed person. The video has also been posted on Twitter.

The video has been posted on Facebook by several users, with identical text.


While it is true that the person did set his own car on fire, Alt News found that the narrative accompanying the video on social media is false. The incident had occurred in September 2019. It is NOT related to imposition of heavy penalty for traffic violation, as claimed.

Clarifying over the incident, Mathura police had put out a video on Twitter, wherein SSP Mathura Shalabh Mathur explained that the standoff and the ensuing drama was the outcome of a domestic matter. He said, “The entire incident was orchestrated by one Shubham Choudhary along with his female friend, over a domestic matter. He had informed his family about creating a scene, so that he could get attention. The role of his family is also being probed. Investigation is currently on, and the man along with his female friend have been charged under relevant sections of the IPC.” (translated from Hindi). The video is posted below.

The incident was reported by News18 in September. The report stated that the accused had planned the incident to grab attention.

It may be noted that the video in question has been shared with a false narrative. The man seen in the video did not set his car ablaze over Rs.35,000 fine, but over a personal matter. Ever since the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act 2019 came into effect from September 2019, there has been a spate of misinformation on social media.

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