Fact Check: Old picture of coffins of soldiers shared as recent one with misleading claims

Four Indian soldiers were recently killed in ceasefire violations by Pakistan in sectors along the Line of Control (LoC) between Gurez and Uri in Jammu and Kashmir. 

Amid this, a picture of coffins was shared on Facebook on November 15, 2020, claiming that on November 14, 2020, 28 Indian soldiers were killed by Pakistan at the LoC in Kashmir.

The Facebook caption read, “Reportedly yesterday’s score was  28. Well done Pak Army. Keep it up

Other similar posts were found here, here, here, here, here, here, here and here.

FACT CHECK

NewsMobile fact-checked the above post and found it to be false and misleading.

On putting the picture through Google Reverse Image Search, we found the same picture in a news article on  India Spend dated April 14, 2015, with the picture description stating that the picture is of June 2010.

The picture description read, “Central Reserve Police Force personnel paying their last respects to colleagues who died in a Maoist attack in Raipur, Chhattisgarh in June 2010

On digging further, we also found the same picture in another news article in Huffington Post dated January 13, 2017, claiming that these are the coffins is of policemen who died in a Maoist attack, in Raipur, Chhattisgarh on June 30, 2010.

The picture description read, “Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel pay their last respects near the coffins of policemen who died in a Maoist attack, in Raipur, capital of the eastern Indian state of Chhattisgarh June 30, 2010.”

A small summary about Maoist reign of terror in Chhattisgarh was found on SSPC also.

Moreover, detailed discussion regarding the Maoist attack on CRPF personnel at Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh can be read on the website of Indian Kanoon.

However, with the help of keywords, we also searched for the recent picture of the Army paying tribute to the soldiers who were killed and we found the recent picture on NDTV dated November 15, 2020, claiming that the Army paid floral tribute to four soldiers. 

On comparing the old picture of 2010 and the recent picture of 2020, we can clearly see that the viral picture of 2010 is being falsely shared as a recent picture of coffins of the Indian soldiers.

Hence, we can say that the old picture of coffins is falsely shared as a recent one. Don’t fall for false and misleading claims.

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