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FACT CHECK: Alien or Ghost spotted in India

A video of a strange figure walking on a highway at night took both media and social media by storm. The 30-second clip has been shared witheffectsim that an ‘alien’ or a ‘ghost’ was spotted in India. Several people have claimed that the video was taken in Hazaribagh, Jharkhand. A few have also tagged NASA, writing that a UFO was spotted.

The video was overstated by media tracks. Aaj Tak reiterated social media claims and added that the possibility that ‘special effects were used to develop the video cannot be ruled out.  Most platforms have pertained to the figure as ‘प्राणी’ or ‘creature’ in English.

Hindi serials director Ekta Kapoor shared the video on her Instagram handle which was later published by some outlets.

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The news source spoke with local journalist Saurav Anurag from Hazaribagh. “This video is from Seraikela, not Hazaribagh. The person who recorded the video gave a live interview to a local news outlet where he disclosed the location and time of recording.

The original video is about 1:30 minutes long and the viral clip runs for 30 seconds,” he said. While the place has been identified as a bridge near Chadwa Dam in Hazaribagh, Anurag said that he visited the bridge and the one in the video is completely different. “The bridge near Chadwa Dam is all black (asphalt) and not cemented (concrete) as seen in the video. The incident took place in Seraikela located in Kharsawan district,” he adds car

The local channel interviewed the two youth who listed the viral video. One of them was noticed as Deepak. They said that while returning from Chakradharpur to Seraikela via Kharsawan road, they sighted a strange woman walking naked. They thought she was a witch and shouted “Chudail hai, ladki hai, record kar, record car!” (Witch, Witch! It’s a girl. Record it!).” They posted a 30-second Whatsapp status which was amplified on social media.

The local news channel reached out to Deepak to gather more details. “We were returning to Seraikela from Chakradharpur after attending a funeral of a friend’s mother. We got scared when we first saw the woman and stopped at a shop near the highway. When a few others reached the spot, we asked if they too saw the woman. She was not a witch. She was a woman and this was also confirmed by other passers-by.” Deepak told us that the incident took place on the night of April 27. Deepak sent the original video which is 1:28 minutes long.

Some sources contacted both Chakradharpur and Seraikela police stations about the viral clip. Seraikela sub-inspector Mohammad Noushad told us that the matter is being investigated. This report will be updated when the police respond. It is unclear why the woman was walking unclothed on a highway at night.

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