The video circulating on social media shows a white Baleno with a Delhi registration number speeding through the Golf Course Road. It starts with a small skit of the two passengers who talk of being chased.
The video cuts to one of the passengers moving into the open boot of the car, throwing what appears to be fake currency notes on the road.
Cops said two others are believed to be involved in filming the video from a motorcycle that isn’t visible in the clip but was being driven alongside the car.
The 27-second clip titled ‘Paise uda Feroz’ was originally posted by Joravar Singh Kalsi, a 27-year-old resident of Delhi’s Tilak Nagar, on Instagram on March 2. It’s not visible on the ‘Joravar_singh1’ account since, but was shared widely on multiple online platforms.
Police said Kalsi, who has around 3.5 lakh YouTube subscribers and 3.4 lakh Instagram followers, was arrested from the capital on Tuesday. His associate and fellow YouTuber Gurpreet Singh alias Lucky was also nabbed from Delhi.
Gurgaon police were alerted about the video by a police officer who saw the clip on social media.
“In the clip, two people are seen in a moving car on Golf Course Road trying to recreate a scene from a recently released web series. During investigation, we found out that they did not have any permission and the act was done without any safety measures,” said assistant commissioner of police (DLF) Vikas Kaushik.
In the web series, Shahid Kapoor’s character and his associate, Feroz, argue about surrendering during a chase. Kapoor’s character eventually tells Feroz to throw the cash to create a hindrance on the road.
Gurgaon police spokesperson Subhash Boken said the videos reenacting fictional scenes are often posted to garner a social media following. Once they have substantial visibility on internet, users like Kalsi and his associates start earning by posting content for product promotions and through collaborations.
“The money thrown in the video is fake and two more accused, Kabir and Hardik, are suspected to have shot the video from a motorcycle. Police will arrest them very soon,” the spokesperson said.
According to the FIR registered at the Sushant Lok police station, the accused have been booked under sections 279 (rash driving or riding on a public way), 283 (danger or obstruction in public way or line of navigation) and 336 (act endangering life or personal safety of others) of the IPC.