A horrifying video surfaced on the internet last week that showed a young Hyderabad student getting brutally hit by MMTS train while trying to take a selfie with it. The video went so viral that it was all over Facebook and family WhatsApp groups. From New York Times to UNILAD, even international media outlets covered the story.
But as it turns out, it was apparently a fake video. The dude’s name is Shiva, he’s a general instructor at a gym in Madapur. He and his friends staged the whole video to fool people.
Nellutla Kavitha, a journalist working with ABN News Channel tweeted a new video of Shiva along with his friends making fun of “train selfie”
This guy Shiva n his friends created MMTS train accident fake video, fooled ppl as accident took place, this guy works in a gym at Madapur as general instructor, got this info from my teammate who goes to this gym, now this guy is absconding pic.twitter.com/QebASR3FcS
— Nellutla Kavitha (@iamKavithaRao) January 25, 2018
Rough translation of the video: “Nothing happened to him. He is alright, eating well and drinking. There was a newspaper article on this which was not researched so it authenticated the fake video and fake consequences.”
The ABN News Channel further claims that Shiva has now been arrested.
When a youngster takes the whole nation for a ride. Train Selfie WhatsApp video is fake.
Difficulty of news reporting in age of social media. Can't blame the media. https://t.co/Ciyw7iWsYE
— Telugu360 (@Telugu360) January 25, 2018
Well, at least we got a hilarious meme trend because of him. Thanks, Shiva.
News source: Indiatimes