HYDERABAD: A video claiming that the Covid vaccine contains a chip which will be used for controlling minds is viral on social media.
BJP Uttar Pradesh spokesperson Shalabh Mani Tripathi tweeted the video alluding that the Muslim man making the claim is Indian.
It has notched 11 lakh views at the time of filing this report. "These are the Islamic version of 'Munna Bhai Vaccine Experts' of India, says the vaccine has a chip, will take care of everyone," he tweeted. (Archive)
BJP national spokesperson RP Singh also tweeted this clip and claimed that the man is a member of the Samajwadi Party (SP). (Archive)
NewsMeter found that the claim of the man being from India is false. The man in the video is from Pakistan.
NewsMeter performed a reverse image search of stills from the video and found a report by Pakistani newspaper Siasat dated June 2, 2020. The article contains a Youtube video that identifies the man as a Pakistani teacher Kaukab Noorani Okarvi, who is an Islamic scholar, researcher, and writer.
Aaj Tak had also covered this news story and identified him as a Pakistani. "One religious teacher, Allama Koukab Noorani, even claimed to have tried to put such a microchip in the body to control the mood of the vaccine maker on the pretext of the corona vaccine", reads the report.
Therefore, the man in the video is an Islamic scholar from Pakistan named Kaukab Noorani Okarvi. He made these remarks while addressing people in a Karachi mosque. Hence, the claim is false.