Scripted fruit vendor's video shared with a communal spin

A video of a fruit vendor cheating customers until two persons step in and slap him has gone viral on social media.

By Sabya Singh  Published on  4 April 2022 11:00 AM GMT
Scripted fruit vendors video shared with a communal spin

Hyderabad: A video of a fruit vendor cheating customers until two persons step in and slap him has gone viral on social media.

"Watch this video before buying anything from Muslim jihadis. Fruit vendor's video. Ask the name before purchasing anything. Be aware and make others aware too," reads the English translation of the message in Hindi.

Original Hindi Caption: मुस्लिम जिहादियों से कुछ खरीदने से पहले ये वीडियो देखो फल वाले की वीडियो नाम पूछ के समान लो और जागरूक रहो औरों को जागरूक करो.

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Fact Check

NewsMeter performed a relevant keyword search and found a Facebook post sharing the same video with a different caption. "Watch more original videos by Raju Bharti," reads the notification.

We found Raju Bharti's Facebook profile. We found several scripted videos on his timeline too.

We also checked the Instagram handle and YouTube channel linked to the page and found that, unlike the Facebook page, the other social media platforms linked to Bharti mention him as an actor and content creator.

The `About' section on the verified YouTube channel `Bharti Prank' linked to Raju Bharti's Facebook page reads: "'This channel is related to fun and entertainment".

The same video was uploaded on Raju Bharti's Facebook page on March 26, 2022, without any communal twist. The caption with the video reads: "United States". Several captions with the video suggest that it is a scripted act.

The same video was also uploaded on the Bharti Prank YouTube channel on March 21 with a Hindi title that translates: "You will be shocked after watching this shameful act of the fruit vendor".


We found another similar video with the script being slightly different than the viral claim. It shows a vegetable vendor instead of a fruit seller cheating a customer. The same person appears in this video too posing as a vegetable seller. The caption with the video uploaded on February 8, 2022, translates to: "United State: Vegetable vendor does wrong with a girl".

Hence, the claim is false.

Claim Review:Watch this video before buying anything from Muslim Jihadis. Ask name before making a purchase. Be aware and make everyone aware
Claimed By:Social Media Users
Claim Reviewed By:Newsmeter
Claim Source:Social Media
Claim Fact Check:False
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