A video is viral with a claim in Hindi – “परोपकार करें तो ध्यान से, क्योंकि ऐसे गरीब भी भरे पड़े हैं. (Be careful when you’re generous because there are plenty of such beggars).” In the video, a man approaches a shopkeeper saying that he wants to give away the extra ration that has been donated to him in exchange for items such as soap and shampoo. He claims that he has ration for at least 3-4 months.
परोपकार करें मगर ध्यान से, क्योंकि ऐसे गरीब भी भरे पड़े हैं।👇👇इसका मतलब ये नहीं की सारे ग़रीब ऐसा ही करते हैं । 🙏🙏🙏🌹
Posted by Dhanesh Khanna on Wednesday, 8 April 2020
Additional SP of UP police Rahul Srivastav shared the video cautioning people to be careful while donating supplies to the hungry and needy.
अगर ये सच है तो बहुत दुर्भाग्यपूर्ण है!
मानवता को ऐसे धोखा देने से इंसानियत से भरोसा उठ जायेगा और असली ज़रूरतमंद आदमी भूखा रह जायेगा ।
सभी मददगारों से अनुरोध है कि मदद करने से पहले यह सुनिस्चित करें कि आपकी सहृदयता का दुरुपयोग न हो 🙏#COVID #karuna #StayHome
— RAHUL SRIVASTAV (@upcoprahul) April 9, 2020
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Video from Pakistan
Alt News analysed the viral video using InVid and performed a reverse image search but there were no results. However, a few packets with the words ‘Shan Pilau Biryani’ written in Urdu are visible in the clip. We found that Shaan Foods is a company based in Karachi, Pakistan.
Taking this as a clue, we searched for the video on Facebook with specific Urdu keywords and found a post from April 7, 2020, uploaded by Pakistani channel Pak TV24.
عمران خان اپنی پہلی تقریر میں کہا تھا ۔کہ کچھ لوگوں کو اتنا راشن ملے گا کہ فروخت کرنا شروع کر دینگے
Posted by Pak TV24 on Tuesday, 7 April 2020
The incident was also reported in Pakistani media – Captial TV and Urdu News 24 – which claimed that the incident took place in Gulistan-e-Jauhar, Karachi.
We found a longer version of the video posted by Pakistani users on social media.
عزت دار لوگ دو دو دن سے بھوکے پیٹ سو رہے ہیں ، پیشہ ور لوگ دوسو کلو راشن جمع کر کے دوکانوں پر بیچ رہے ہیں !
Posted by Anis Uddin on Tuesday, 7 April 2020
Products of Shan Foods are exported across the world including India. However, the packaging is different. In Pakistan (top), the company uses Urdu but in the rest of South Asia all information is written in English (bottom). Shan Foods is also available on Indian e-commerce websites like Amazon, India Mart, etc.
Therefore, a video from Pakistan was shared by several Indian social media users including an Additional SP of Uttar Pradesh police, cautioning people in India to be careful while donating essential items to the needy.
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