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Mock Drill By NSG Commandos In Mumbai Creates Panic Online

Mock Drill By NSG Commandos In Mumbai Creates Panic Online

BOOM was able to ascertain that the videos are of a mock drill as there was no restriction on civilians or regular traffic

Multiple videos of a mock drill in Mumbai’s Jagruti Nagar and its surrounding areas are viral on social media from Monday onward with false claims that security forces thwarted some sort of a terror threat.

The videos document National Security Guard (NSG) commandos in uniform patrolling along with sniffer dogs, as stunned onlookers witness the scene.

Another set of videos features the commandos entering the Jagruti Nagar Metro Station in stealth.

However, interestingly traffic moves regularly, as do civilians, who record the incident.

The videos are viral on both Facebook and Twitter with the same narrative.

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BOOM also received the same video and screenshots from the incident on its WhatsApp helpline number for verification.

Screenshot of the video sent on BOOM’s WhatsApp Helpline number

BOOM could ascertain the video was a mock drill as there was neither restriction on civilians nor the movement of traffic was stalled.

A longer clip of the video was uploaded on Facebook with the caption “the force also carried out mock drills after intelligence has issued high alert across the country this Independence Day.”

NSG Commandos deployed in Mumbai. 🇮🇳❤️The force also carried out mock drills after intelligence has issued high alert across the country this Independence Day.

Posted by NoteWorthy on Wednesday, August 14, 2019

BOOM contacted Mumbai Police which declined to comment.

We found no evidence of the video being old.

BOOM spoke to officials of the Jagruti Nagar metro station who dismissed the speculation online.

“The mock drill was conducted as a routine exercise outside multiple metro stations before Independence Day. The videos are of the same. They were made viral with a misleading narrative. Request people to not fall for the same.”

Furthermore, a source within the police confirmed to the Quint it was a mock drill.

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Swasti Chatterjee is a fact-checker and the Deputy News Editor of Boom's Bangla team. She has worked in the mainstream media, in the capacity of a reporter and copy editor with The Times of India, The Indian Express and NDTV.com and is now working as a digital detective, debunking fake news.

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