Fact Check: Video of incident at Rautwadi waterfall goes viral as Kerala
Video of cops beating tourists going viral as from Kerala is from Rautwadi waterfalls, Kolhapur. Viral claim is misleading.
- By Vishvas News
- Updated: July 23, 2022
Vishvas News (New Delhi): Vishvas News came across a video being widely shared on social media platforms. In the video cops could be seen beating tourists near a waterfall. It is being claimed that the video is from tourist sites in Kerala. However, in the investigation of Vishvas News it was found that the video is from Rautwadi waterfalls, Kolhapur.
Twitter user Subair B shared the viral video and wrote in Malyalam: ഇനി കുളിക്കാൻ ആനക്കാംപൊയിൽ, തുഷാരഗിരി തുടങ്ങിയ ഭാഗങ്ങളിലേക്ക് പോയാലുള്ള അനുഭവം ഇതായിരിക്കും
Translation: This will be the experience if you go to places like Anakkampoyil and Thusharagiri to bathe
We also found the video being shared on the YouTube
Vishvas News started the investigation with uploading the video in Invid tool.
We then got various keyframes from the same.
Vishvas News used Google Lens on each frame. Using Google Lens on one frame led us to a link that suggested that the frame is from Rautwadi waterfall.
Rautwadi Waterfalls is in Radhanagri, Kolhapur.
Taking the hints we then searched Google using keywords. We found numerous news articles related to the incident.
We found a report published in Marathi Daily, Lokmat which stated that cops had beaten the tourists who were drunk and create a ruckus at Rautwadi waterfalls. This news report also had the viral video.
We also found the same report on the website of tv9Marathi stating this video was from Rautwadi, Kolhapur.
In the next step of investigation we contacted senior journalist from Kolhapur, Asif Kurne who confirmed that the video was from Rautwadi waterfalls in Kolhapur. He also shared a published report in Lokmat of the same in Marathi.
In the last step of investigation, Vishvas News conducted a background check of the user who had shared the video, Subair B is on Twitter since April 2015 and has 551 followers.
Conclusion: Video of cops beating tourists going viral as from Kerala is from Rautwadi waterfalls, Kolhapur. Viral claim is misleading.
- Claim Review : This will be the experience if you go to places like Anakkampoyil and Thusharagiri to bathe
- Claimed By : Subair B
- Fact Check : Misleading
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