A video recently went viral, which shows a policeman arguing with a few girls whom he apparently caught drinking alcohol in a car. The video is shared with a caption in Hindi that says,Police caught girls drinking alcohol in cold drink .. Then see what happened after that”.

Twitter handle हम लोग We The People, which often shares misinformation, shared this video with a similar caption. The tweet has over one lakh views at the time of the writing of this article.

A news channel called KBC News Katihar from Bihar also uploaded a video report on their Facebook page regarding the viral video. The video has over a thousand views at the moment.

कोल्ड ड्रिंक में शराब मिलाकर पी रही लड़कियों को पुलिस ने पकड़ा और कहा- मम्मी से बात कराओ वरना

कोल्ड ड्रिंक में शराब मिलाकर पी रही लड़कियों को पुलिस ने पकड़ा और कहा- मम्मी से बात कराओ वरना

Posted by KBC News Katihar on Monday, 10 April 2023

Many social media users have shared the video suggesting it depicts a genuine incident. All the posts have the same caption on Twitter and Facebook.

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By breaking down the viral video into keyframes and reverse-searching one of them, Alt News came across the video uploaded in its entirety on a Facebook channel called Hulchul TV, which has a history of uploading scripted viral videos. In the caption, the video is credited to a page called Amar Kataria Offical. The full video is 11.18-minute long.

Taking a clue from this, Alt News searched for Amar Kataria on Facebook and Instagram and found out that he is an actor that often posts such videos. The latest and also the most popular video posted by him was the one that is viral.

शराब के नशे में हॉस्टल की लड़कियां पकड़ी पुलिस ने।

शराब के नशे में हॉस्टल की लड़कियां पकड़ी पुलिस ने।

Posted by Amar kataria on Monday, 3 April 2023

As one can see above, the description of the video says, यह वीडियो सामाजिक जागरूकता के लिए बनाई गई है इसका वास्तिवका से कोई तालुक नहीं है इस वीडियो में परफॉर्म करने वाले सभी कलाकार है और यह वीडियो स्क्रिप्टेड है | (This video is made for social awareness. It has nothing to do with reality. All the persons performing in this video are artists and it is scripted.)

While browsing through his Facebook profile, Alt News stumbled upon a Live sesion from January 1, 2023. In this, he greets his audience and describes himself as “Haryanvi Kalaakar” or an Artist from Haryana.

Posted by Amar kataria on Saturday, 31 December 2022

His Instagram bio describes him as an Actor and also found a YouTube channel called Kataria Films.

Therefore, the video viral on social media about a police officer chasing down a car for rash driving and arguing with supposedly drunk girls is actually a scripted video from a content creator called Amar Kataria from Haryana. His Facebook and YouTube channels and Instagram profile have many such scripted videos.

Vansh Shah is an intern at Alt News.

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