A video in which a man can be seen trapping an alligator in a dustbin is being shared on social media with the claim that he is a Sikh.
Facebook users are sharing the video with the caption, “Only a brave Sardar Ji can come up with such a unique idea to trap a Crocodile and pull it off…in Florida, USA Balle….Balle….”
Here’s the link to the above post.
NewsMobile fact-checked the post ad found the claim to be misleading.
We ran a keyword search and found multiple articles covering the same incident. NBC News shared the same video with the caption, “Wild video shows Florida transplant trapping alligator his ‘own way’ — in a garbage bin.”
The report mentioned that the man in the video has been identified as Eugene Bozzi, a Philadelphia resident, who has only been in Florida for a year.
A CNN report also mentioned that Eugene Bozzi is a military veteran.
In an interview with CBS Philly, Bozzi said, “When I was a kid, I’m from North Philadelphia, I used to catch Pitbulls with blankets. I definitely had no problems doing it with the alligator, and I’m glad everything worked out.”
However, none of the reports mentioned that he was a Sikh. In the viral video, he is wearing a durag, a close-fitting headscarf, worn especially by African-American men. We also scanned through his Instagram account but did not find any related pictures to suggest he is a Sikh.
Hence, from the above information, we can conclude that the man in the video is not a Sikh and the post is being shared with a false caption.
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