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Fact Check: Viral Video, Claiming Cobra Captured In Mumbai’s LIC Office, Is From Bilaspur Hospital

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A video has gone viral on social media depicting a woman holding a large snake, while a group of people recording videos on their smartphones. Many users claim that the snake was captured within the premises of LIC in Mumbai.

The clip is shared on Facebook with a caption: “Mumbai: LIC corporate office record room. A king cobra paid a surprise visit to inspect how well the old record was kept there. The brave firewoman got its custody. Salute to the officer”. 

Here’s the link to the above post

FACT CHECK

NewsMobile fact-checked the above claim, and found it to be FALSE. 

With a keyword search, our team identified the official X handle of LIC India carrying a text about this claim, dated November 7, 2022. The text reads: “It has come to our notice that a video is in circulation showing a  snake caught in the record room of Corporate Office of LIC Of India, Mumbai. We confirm that no such incident has happened and the video is fake”. 

Our team found an extended version of the viral video, available on the YouTube channel “Kamal Choudhary Snake Rescue Team Bilaspur,” operated by Kamal Choudhary, a snake rescuer based in Bilaspur. Numerous videos on the channel have featured the same woman engaged in snake-rescue activities.

The video comprises two segments: the widely circulated clip and an additional segment captured from an alternate viewpoint. In the footage, the woman is observed passing the stick carrying the snake to one of the men present at the scene.

In the second segment, we observed a blue board above a door named “Dr. Rashmi Budhia.” Through a Google search, we ascertained that Rashmi Budhia is an Obstetrician and Gynaecologist associated with Budhia Hospital in Bilaspur, Chhattisgarh.

In November 2022, numerous people shared this video on social media, claiming that a snake was captured at Budhia Hospital in Bilaspur.

Thus, it is evident from the above information that an old video from Bilaspur Hospital is falsely shared as a cobra snake found at the LIC office in Mumbai. 

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