Fake News Alert: Royal Enfield Did Not Catch Fire in Bengaluru

The video is of an accident that took place in New Delhi in January 2016.

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“Royal Enfield Motorcycle Petrol Tank blast. Man burnt alive near electronic City Begur junction Due to petrol tank filled full! Don’t fill full tank in summer!”

This message has gone viral on social media, along with a video of a man charred to death, claiming that he was burnt alive after the tank of the motorcycle burst, since it had been filled to the brim.

Apart from Twitter, the message has circulated widely on Facebook as well in the past 24 hours.

Fake News Alert: Royal Enfield Did Not Catch Fire in Bengaluru

Interestingly, a few days prior to this, the same message was circulating on social media but it was then claimed that the incident had occurred in the Malakpet area of Hyderabad.

The message probably first appeared on WhatsApp after which it started spreading on Facebook and Twitter. This was mentioned by a Twitter user who also tagged Hyderabad police for verifying its authenticity.

These messages that are circulating on social media are fake. No fuel tank has burst due to the petrol tank being filled and no Royal Enfield bike has caught fire. The video that is doing the rounds, along with this message, is a video of an accident that took place in New Delhi in January 2016.

The bike had rammed into a tempo, after which it skid for a few metres before catching fire in which the rider was charred to death. The accident took place in southwest Delhi’s Shankar Vihar, reported the Hindustan Times.

Fake News Alert: Royal Enfield Did Not Catch Fire in Bengaluru

Social media users are advised to be circumspect with regard to such information being shared on various platforms, as often such information turns out to be fake.

(This story was first published on Alt News and has been republished with permission)

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