A video of a huge national flag is doing rounds on social media with a claim that the flag, 360 ft in heights, was hoisted at Wagah border recently.
“New Indian flag at wagha broader…360 ft hr.Cost Rs3.5Cr,55 tons steel,120 ft width 80 ft ht national pole.Flag pole is 350 ft ht110 ft thick.12 flags are in spare. This is world record. Pak raised objection but this is erected in our land which is 200.mtrs inside the zero Punjab civic bodies. Minister Mr Anil Joshi has taken the initiative and Mr SumerSingh BSF IG participated in it.#JaiHind, ” the post claimed.
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NewsMobile fact checked the post and found the claim to be misleading.
We extracted the keyframes of the video using InVID. We then put those keyframes through Reverse Image Search and found the same video on YouTube from 2017.
After extensively searching through YouTube using keywords like ‘flag’, ‘largest’, ‘India’, we came across a video from 2016, similar to the viral video but from a different angle.
“CM KCR Hoists Largest Indian Biggest Flag in Hyderabad” the video was titled.
Upon carefully analysing both the videos, we noticed some similarities like the red carpet and the plants. We also noticed that the background music (band playing Jai Ho) is the same in both the videos. Music at time code 0:03 sec in the viral video, where the flag is being unfurled is same as music at time code 1:26 min of the above video. Moreover, the video action at these time codes is also the same.
Taking a cue from the above information, we ran a search and found several media reports from 2016 on the same. The reports can be seen here and here.
According to the reports, the 291 feet high flag flies high along the banks of Hussain Sagar Lake in Sanjeevaiah Park and was unfurled on June 2, 2016, by Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao.
Upon searching further, we found that in March 2017, a 360-foot-tall tricolour flag was hoised at Attari-Wagah border.
Hence, from the above information, it is clear that the post in question is misleading.
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