Hyderabad: A video of a massive crowd trying to board a train has gone viral on social media with the claim that the video was captured during the pandemic and that it showed how irresponsible people are about social distancing norms.


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Fact check:

The claim that this video is taken after the pandemic started is false.

NewsMeter performed a reverse image search and found a YouTube video posted in September 2018 captioned, "Krishnanagar Bongaon Local Train-Ranaghat Station."

We also found the same video on Facebook that was also posted in September 2018.

Also, a report was found that debunked this video earlier when it was used falsely as proof that migrants from UP and Bihar are leaving Gujaratduring unrest in the state.

This video was taken from a station in West Bengal in 2018 and, according to the report, the crowd consists of students gathered at the station to attend an examination for constable posting. Hence, it is clear that the video was from 2018 and is not recent.

Claim Review :   Claim uses video of overcrowded railway station in 2018 as rush during pandemic
Claimed By :  Twitter Users
Fact Check :  False

Misha Rajani

Misha Rajani is a Fact Checker at NewsMeter. She is currently pursuing her Master's degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from St. Francis College for Women. She has written a thesis on “ Role of social media in highlighting injustice”. Apart from pursuing a career in news writing, Misha is also skilled in graphic designing. You can follow Misha on Twitter @misharajani00

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