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Mock Drill Passed off as Robbery at Indian Overseas Bank in Maharashtra

The video is actually of a mock drill conducted by Ahmednagar police to raise awareness in the area.

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<div class="paragraphs"><p>The claim along with the video claims to show a robbery at Indian Overseas Bank in Maharashtra.</p></div>
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A video which shows police nabbing robbers at a place is being widely shared on social media with a claim that a robbery happened at the Indian Overseas Bank in Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra.

However, we found that it was a mock drill conducted by the Ahmednagar Police at the Shendi branch of the bank and not an actual robbery.

CLAIM

The two-minute video, which shows the police nabbing the robbers is being shared with the claim that reads: "Robbers caught red handed as people alerted police after hearing some sound coming from inside the bank. Bank was closed due to holiday (sic)."

<div class="paragraphs"><p>An archive of the post can be seen <a href="https://perma.cc/F3JV-ZNXU">here</a>.</p></div>

An archive of the post can be seen here.

(Source: Facebook/Screenshot)

Several social media users have shared the video and the archived links can be found here, here and here.

We also received a query about this video on our WhatsApp tipline as well.

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WHAT WE FOUND

We searched on Google with relevant keywords and found a news report by Maharastra Times . The report read that the police had conducted a mock drill by at the Indian Overseas Bank in the Shendi branch of Ahmednagar district.

We also found the video on YouTube posted on 1 September.

Speaking to The Quint, Ahmednagar Police Inspector Anil Katake said that it was a mock drill that was conducted at the Indian Overseas Branch on 1 September.

"The mock drill was to raise awareness among people about a telephonic security system, an initiative by Ahmednagar Police, in case of anti-social activities, for instance, theft or robbery."
Anil Katake, Ahmednagar Police Inspector (Local Crime Branch)

Further, we reached out to a local reporter from Ahmednagar who helped us with visuals from the incident.

  • <div class="paragraphs"><p>Photo shows Ahmednagar police conducting a mock drill.</p></div>
  • <div class="paragraphs"><p>The mock drill was to raise awareness.&nbsp;</p></div>
  • <div class="paragraphs"><p>The police conducted the drill at the Indian Overseas Bank on 1 September.&nbsp;</p></div>
  • <div class="paragraphs"><p>The police confirmed that this was a mock drill.</p></div>

Clearly, a video of a mock drill is being falsely shared as video of robbers being nabbed.

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