Mumbaikars were left shocked on Monday after a video started circulating on WhatsApp and on the internet showing the murder of a girl by a man inside a mall, which was rumoured to be located in Andheri, a western suburb.
The gruesome video shows the man entering the shopping mall with a knife and repeatedly stabbing the girl. Several Mumbaikars expressed their horror about the incident at the purported city mall.
However, it later emerged that the video was actually taken from the CCTV footage of a mall in Sri Lanka. Mumbai Police officials confirmed that the incident did not take place at any mall in Andheri and it had actually happened in Sri Lanka, according to Scroll.in.
The incident is said to have taken place at a mall in Colombo last week. Here are a few initial reactions to the video of stabbing when people thought it happened at a Mumbai mall:
Andheri City Center mall incident is damn disturbing. How did he manage to take that knife in the mall eventhough they do checking?
— S (@IRutsie) June 29, 2015
Just watched a video showing murder of a girl in andheri city mall. :( — Tannu Baba™ (@iTannu) June 29, 2015
— ☮ (@hardbond) June 30, 2015
A while later, the confusion was cleared on Twitter:
Video of murder and suicide at a mall in Andheri is apparently of a case in Sri Lanka. Rumours through Wats app. #mumbaipolice
— Mustafa Shaikh (@mustafashk) June 29, 2015
PSA: Viewer Discretion advised on the video that claims to be a "Murder at an Andheri Mall". It happened in Sri Lanka and is gruesome
— Osborne Saldanha (@os7borne) June 29, 2015
This is the 'viral' video, which is really Graphic: