A CCTV footage of two men robbing a bike-borne man at gunpoint is circulating on social media with the claim that the incident took place in Rajpura, Punjab. The video further shows the two men, who are also on a motorcycle, intimidating another commuter. The man riding pillion gets off the bike with a gun in his hand while the other starts putting his hands in the pockets of the victims to steal their wallets.

One Mukesh Patel posted this video on Facebook with the caption, “ਆ ਦੇਖ ਲੋ ਸਾਡੇ ਰਾਜਪੁਰਾ ਦਾ ਹਾਲ,, ਸ਼ਰੇਆਮ ਪਿਸਟਲ ਚੁੱਕੀ ਫਿਰਦੀ ਆ ਮੰਡੀਰ ਪਰਸ਼ਾਸਨ ਨਾਲ ਹਿੱਸਾ ਬੰਨਿਆ ਹੁੰਦਾ,, ਤਾਂ ਹੀ ਇਹ ਟੁੱਚੂ ਜਿਹੇ ਬੰਦੇ ਲੋਕਾਂ ਨੂੰ ਡਰਾ ਕੇ ਲੁੱਟ ਰਹੇ ਨੇ ਇਹਨਾਂ ਨੂੰ ਡਰਾਵੇ ਪੁਲਿਸ ਆਮ ਬੰਦੇ ਉੱਤੇ ਹੀ ਜੋਰ ਅਜਮਾਇਸ਼ ਕਰਨ ਵਾਲਿਉ( Look at the condition of our Rajpura. The boys are walking around openly, with the pistols in their hands. The administration is bribed. This is the reason why such boys are looting the people. The police should scare them and not the public.)”
People have reached out to Alt News asking about the veracity of the claim.

Video from Pakistan

A reverse image search of one of the frames of the video on Google led Alt News to a tweet by Pakistan-based Dawn News. The tweet carried the same video with a caption that used the following hashtags – #Robbery #Lahore #CCTV.

Another Pakistan-based media outlet City42 posted a video on their official Twitter handle, giving details of the incident. In its June 26 broadcast, the channel said that the theft took place in Nawab town near Nasheman Iqbal Phase 1 in Lahore, Pakistan. The police are investigating the crime with the help of CCTV footage of the area.

If one notices the video carefully, the first few seconds show the date and time of the CCTV footage – June 25, 2019, at 1:41 PM.

It is commonplace on social media for videos from around the world to be shared as incidents that took place in India. Recently, we debunked videos from Morocco, Palestine, Brazil (1, 2), Tibet, Uganda and Bangladesh.

UPDATE: The title said ‘bike’ robbery which has been rectified.

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Aqib is monitoring and researching mis/disinformation at Alt News