No, this is not Mumbai police commissioner warning about terrorist attacks

A video where a man, speaking in Marathi, warns about possible terrorist attacks by Pakistan’s intelligence agency ISI in several Indian cities is viral on social media. It is being claimed that this person is the Mumbai police commissioner. Actor Jaywant Wadkar was among those who shared the clip.

Mumbai Police commissioner 👆🏻
Total Mumbai under terrorist attack. Please be careful. All railway stations. All bars and cinema halls. Auditoriums. All public places. Please forward to all groups.
Jay Hind.
Jay Maharashtra.

Posted by Jaywant Wadkar on Sunday, 11 August 2019

The video has been massively circulated on Facebook. A few Twitter users have also shared it using the caption – “Mumbai Police commissioner. Total Mumbai under terrorist attack. Please be careful. All railway stations. All bars and cinema halls. Auditoriums. All public places. Please forward to all groups. Jay Hind. Jay Maharashtra.”

Alt News has received several verification requests on its mobile app as well.

Not Mumbai police commissioner

The current police commissioner of Mumbai is Sanjay Barve, and he looks visibly different from the man in the video.

Who is the man in the video?

The person starring in the video is a man named Hemant Mahajan. We found his identity upon reverse-searching one of the frames of the video on Yandex. Mahajan is a retired Brigadier of the Indian army and comments on national security issues.

He has a YouTube channel and has appeared as a guest on several TV news channels. In many of his videos, he can be seen seated in front of the same background as in the viral video.

A Twitter user had uploaded the same video widespread on social media and identified Mahajan.

In conclusion, the man in the video, alerting people of terrorist attacks, is not the commissioner of Mumbai police but a retired army officer Hemant Mahajan.

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