Fact Check: Social Distancing Goes For A Toss In A Mumbai Bus?

The Logical Indian Fact check team investigates the claim that People disregard social distancing norms as they board a public bus in Mumbai.

Maharashtra   |   11 Jun 2020 2:58 AM GMT / Updated : 2020-06-11T08:34:19+05:30
Writer : Aditi Chattopadhyay | Editor : Bharat Nayak | Creatives : Abhishek M
Fact Check: Social Distancing Goes For A Toss In A Mumbai Bus?

A video of passengers rushing into a bus completely disregarding social distancing norms is being circulated on social media platforms with the claim that the video is from a bus in Mumbai.

The Logical Indian received a request on its WhatsApp Fact Check number(6364000343) to verify the claim.

Congress leader Milind Deora had also shared the video with similar claims. He later deleted his tweet.

According to a New Indian Express report, restrictions on movement in Mumbai were eased from June 8. Several buses of the Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport Undertaking (BEST) were seen running.

Since the lockdown started from March 25, regular operations of BEST buses were suspended. The buses were operational only for the essential services staff and health workers.

According to a statement by BEST, around 2,100 buses hit the city roads till noon on June 8, after restrictions were lifted.


People disregard social distancing norms as they board a public bus in Mumbai.

Fact Check:

The claim is misleading.

In the video, people can be heard talking in Bengali. If the video was indeed from Mumbai, it is expected only Marathi would be spoken in a local bus.

Further, a keyword search based on the above information led to several tweets which had the same video. The captions mentioned that the video depicts the situation inside a bus in Kolkata.

One such tweet was posted by the Twitter account @nv3sh.

AltNews found another video clip of the same bus moments before people poured in, as in the viral clip in the same Twitter account, @nv3sh.

At the 17th second of this clip, a person is heard saying, "The bus will go till Titagarh, will take it to the police station (Translated from Bengali)"

Titagarh is a city and a municipality of North 24 Parganas district in the Indian state of West Bengal. It is close to Kolkata.

Milind Deora issued a clarification later on Twitter regarding his earlier tweet which featured the viral video.

Therefore the scene from the video is actually from Kolkata and not Mumbai. As of now, there are 8,985 Coronavirus cases in West Bengal.

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Claim Review :  People disregard social distancing norms as they board a public bus in Mumbai.
Claimed By :  Social Media posts
Fact Check :  Misleading
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Aditi Chattopadhyay

Aditi Chattopadhyay

Fact Checker

Aditi, part of the fact checking team of The Logical Indian likes to read, write, cook and laugh, in short live life as it is supposed to be. What makes her fascinated is to discover the truth behind a story and more often than not, it is either fact or myth at the end.

Bharat Nayak

Bharat Nayak

Founding Editor- Special Project

As the founding editor, Bharat had been heading the newsroom during the formation years of the organization and worked towards editorial policies, conceptualizing and designing campaign strategies and collaborations. He believes that through the use of digital media, one could engage the millennial's in rational conversations about pertinent social issues, provoking them to think and bring a behavioral change accordingly.

Abhishek M

Abhishek M

Creative Producer

" An engineer by profession, Abhishek is the creative producer of the team, graphic designing is his passion and travelling his get away. In more ways than one, he makes the content visually appealing."

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