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Video of goats thrown out of moving truck is not from Pakistan

Incident from India falsely linked to Pakistan

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Claim: A viral video shows a man dumping goats from a moving truck on Karachi’s Super Highway.

Fact: The claim is false. The video is not from Karachi, Pakistan but actually is from Maharashtra, India.

On 30 April 2023, a Twitter user posted a video with an Urdu caption,

مبینہ طور پر یہ ویڈیو سپر ہائی وے کراچی کی ہے جہاں ایک ٹرک سے بکرے چور کر کے سڑک پر انتہائی بے دری کے ساتھ پھینکے جا رہے ہیں۔ یہ معاشرہ ہر حوالے سے بدترین کرپشن کا شکار ہے ۔ کسی نے ڈرائیور کو بتانا بھی مناسب نہیں سمجھا۔

[Translated, Allegedly, this video is from Super Highway Karachi, where goats are being stolen from a truck and thrown on the road with extreme brutality. This society is suffering from the worst corruption in every aspect. No one even thought fit to tell the driver].

In the 27-second video, a man can be seen at the back of a moving truck, dumping goats, and possibly other animals, onto the road from quite a height. The caption claims he is stealing the animals. The video is filmed from within a car behind the truck.

Fact or Fiction?

Soch Fact Check investigated the claim because the location in the video and car number plates do not look like they are from Pakistan.

A screengrab from the video shows green signboards. On zooming in, a distorted “Aurangabad, Sinnar, and Ghoti” could be seen written on the signboards with their respective distances.

Screengrab of viral video with zoom-in green signboard

A keyword search on Google showed that these areas are located in the Maharashtra region of India. Ghoti – the nearby place mentioned on the signboard, is a town in Nashik district of Maharashtra.

Furthermore, Soch Fact Check spoke to Jyoti Dwivedi a fact checker from IFCN-accredited India Today Fact Check, who confirmed that the video is from India. She provided an image from the same location which shows the same green signboard and traffic signs.

Image from Nashik where the incident took place. Photo by India Today

Google Street View of the Nashik area also proves the video was taken there, not in Pakistan.

Virality

The false claim received 152.8k views, 580 retweets, and 1000 likes on Twitter. It can also be seen here and here.

On Facebook, the false video was shared here, here, here, and here between 28 April – 3 May 2023.

Conclusion: The video of a man stealing animals and dumping them on the road is not from Pakistan. The incident happened in Maharashtra, India.

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