An old video of a Pakistani youth performing a wheelie on his motorcycle while riding naked has been shared on social media with a false claim which purports to link the incident to India.
The clip was tweeted and later deleted by lawyer Prashant Patel Umrao with a caption ‘He is scared peaceful & if he is caught by public, he will say “I was forced to chant Jai Shri Ram.”
Umrao’s misleading tweet comes at a time when concern about mob attacks on minorities are heightened.
Recently, a Muslim youth was attacked by a mob on suspicion of theft and forced to chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’, in Jharkhand. He later succumbed to injuries.
While the tweet was deleted shortly after sharing the video, BOOM was able to take screenshots and archive another tweet-thread discussing the same video. You can access the archived version here.
BOOM watched the video carefully and found that several youngsters in the video were dressed in kurta-payjamas and were donning skull caps.
We then searched YouTube with keywords ‘youth does naked wheelie’ and found the same video uploaded a year ago with the caption ‘shehroz khan rocket brave boy daring nude in public’.
We then searched with the keywords ‘shehroz khan nude wheeley pakistan’ and found several reports from 2015 and the same video uploaded on YouTube in 2017, which reported that the incident was from Pakistan.
Below you can watch the same video uploaded on YouTube in 2017.
The video contains nudity, discretion is advised.
The caption with the video reads ‘Shehroz Khan nicknamed “Rocket”, riding naked once again on Lahore’s Main Boulevard’.
The reports published in 2015 also mentions the name of the youth, who was arrested for performing naked motorcycle stunts on the streets of Lahore, as Shehroz Khan. The reports can be read here and here.
BOOM also found other videos where the youngster is shown in police custody.
Sumit is a fact checker and the News Editor of Boom's Hindi wing. In the six years of his journalistic career, he has worked with the New Indian Express, Times of India and Deccan Chronicle. The dynamic nature of digital media finally made him take the leap from print to online, and don the hat of a digital detective.