A 30-second video of a Muslim man admitting to stealing electricity and threatening to kill if the connection is disrupted has been shared on social media in India. “I will either die or kill,” he says.

Twitter user @shruttitandon posted this video and claimed that the Taliban are birthing in the country. This video has been viewed over 20,000 times.

Several accounts have posted the video. The ones that drew a minimum of 100 retweets can be viewed here.

Ex-Naval officer Harinder S Sikka also shared this video and tagged UP CMO and CM Adityanath.

Several Facebook (FB) and Twitter users have shared this video. It was posted by the FB page ModiJi-विकास पुरुष and राष्ट्रचेतना. A user also posted this on FB group ‘We Support Pushpendra Kulshrestha’. Other Twitter accounts that posted the video include @PNRai1, @Horsestable15, @YamrajFromHell, @pujatiwariBJP, @JainKiran6, @Bhilaiwale_, @AmitAgarwal9, and @BHUPENDER4252.

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[Hindi text on WhatsApp बिजली चोरी करूंगा !! नहीं मानूंगा!! … मरूंगा या मारूंगा।।।। ये तालिबान तो देश के भीतर ही पैदा हो रहा है]

FACT-CHECK

We performed a keyword search in Urdu on FB (ماروں گا یا مروں گا) and found that the viral video was aired by Pakistan-based ARY News last year in July. The anchor stated that this incident took place in Karachi and a man named Atauur Rehman threatened the authorities when they tried to install an electric meter.

It was also tweeted by Trends of Pakistan and Siasat.pk in 2020.

To sum it up, a video of a 2020 incident in Pakistan was shared by several social media users in India with the false claim that the incident took place in India.

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Archit is a fact-checking journalist at Alt News since November 2019. Previously, he has worked as a producer at a TV news channel and as a reporter at a leading English-language daily. In addition to work experience in media, he has also worked as a fundraising and communication manager at an NGO.