A video through a post is being widely shared on social media claiming that the visuals of police digging a grave of a ‘Peer’, are from India. Let us fact-check the claim made in the post.
Claim: Video of police digging out a grave to arrest a ‘Peer’ is from India.
Fact: The video is from Pakistan and not India. In February 2020, a fake Peer in Sialkot, Punjab (Pakistan), was fooling people into paying huge amounts of money, apparently, to perform ‘black magic’. Sialkot is a city in Pakistan’s Punjab state. The person defrauded people saying that he would stay in the grave for 40 days, but he was rather living a life with all basic amenities, and various tunnels dug around the grave. The police in Pakistan dug out the person from the grave and arrested him. Hence, the claim made in the post is FALSE.
When reverse image search is done on the screenshots of the video with relevant keywords, a similar video was found on YouTube. The YouTube video uploaded on 15 February 2020 is titled, ‘Jali Peer I Went into Grave I Sialkot I Fraud I 2020’. Sialkot is a city in Pakistan’s Punjab state. According to the description of the video, a fake peer was arrested at Sadar Police Station in Sialkot, Punjab, Pakistan. There was no mention of India in the YouTube video. A Peer is a name given to a Sufi spiritual guide.
When searched on Google, Pakistani video reports and articles were found related to the same incident. The Peer in the video had been arrested by the Punjab police of Pakistan, not India. Even Pakistan has a state named Punjab. The Peer was fooling people into paying huge amounts of money, apparently, to perform ‘black magic’. According to reports, the person defrauded people by saying that he would stay in the grave for 40 days, but he was rather living a life with all basic amenities, and various tunnels dug around the grave.
To sum it up, an old video of police in Pakistan digging out the grave of a fake ‘Peer’ is shared as from India.