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Fact Check: TTE Electrocuted By Bluetooth Device Connected To His Cell Phone? Here’s The Truth

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A disturbing video is widely shared on social media claiming that a Travelling Ticket Examiner (TTE) was electrocuted by the bluetooth device connected to his cell phone. 

The video is shared on Facebook with a caption: मोबाइल के ईयर फोन में नेट एक्टिवेट होते ही ट्रेन में लगे हाईटेंशन केबल से करंट कान के रास्ते दिमाग तक पहुंच गया और उसके बाद क्या हुआ..? आप स्वयं देखिये..! रेलवे प्लेटफॉर्म पर ईयरफोन, ब्लूटूथ के इस्तेमाल से हमेशा बचें और प्लेटफॉर्म पर “ट्रेन ट्रैक के करीब” न खड़े हों….!!

(English Translation: As soon as the net was activated in the mobile ear phone, the current from the high tension cable installed in the train reached the brain through the ear and what happened after that..? See for yourself..! Always avoid using earphones, Bluetooth on railway platforms and do not stand “close to the train track” on the platform)

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FACT CHECK

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

Extracting keyframes from the viral video and performing a Reverse Image Search, we identified a tweet posted by Railway Officer Anand Ruppanagudi carrying the same viral video, dated December 8, 2022.

The tweet reads: “A freak accident— a long piece of loose cable, taken by a bird somehow came in contact with the OHE wire and the other end came down and touched a TTE’s head. He suffered burn injuries, but out of danger— at Kharagpur station yesterday afternoon!”

Several news articles have reported the same incident. One of the reports says: “In the video, two ticket collectors are seen talking to each other at the railway station in West Bengal’s Kharagpur, when a live wire falls on the platform and touches the ticket collector’s head.” 

Thus, it is evident from the above information that the person seen in the viral video was electrocuted when he came in contact with a high-tension live wire, but not bluetooth device connected to his cell phone. 

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