A video is being shared on social media claiming it as the visuals of a man caught kidnapping a child in a broad daylight. This video shows a few people stopping a person who is seen carrying a child in a suitcase. Let’s verify the claim made in the post.
Claim: Video of a person kidnapping a child in a suitcase.
Fact: The video shared in the post is a scripted one. This video was created only for entertainment and educational purposes. Raju Bharti, a YouTuber had created this scripted video. Hence, the claim made in the post is FALSE.
When the same video was shared with a similar claim on a Facebook page, a user in the comment section recognized the man with red cap in the video as a well-known YouTuber. On reverse image search, it is found that the red-capped man in the video is Raju Bharti, a YouTuber running the ‘Bharti Prank’ channel on YouTube. The Instagram and Facebook pages of Raju Bharti can be seen here and here.
A video with similar visuals was found published on Raju Bharti’s official Facebook page on 27 December 2021. The description of the video states, “This page features fictional videos; All characters appearing in the video are fictitious. The videos made are inspired by true events and are made with a motto to spread social awareness. We anyhow don’t mean to defame, disrespect any religion, caste, nationality, sex, gender or any individual in any manner”.
To sum it up, a scripted video is falsely shared as real incident visuals of a man kidnapping a child in a suitcase.