Fact Check: Old Pictures Of Late Major VS Dhoundiyal’s Cremation Shared As Recent

Several pictures of martyr – Major Vibhuti Shankar Dhoundiyal’s cremation is making rounds on social media. It is being claimed that Major Vibhuti Shankar was the only son of his parents and today his wife became a widow just 8 months after their marriage.

The Facebook post read, “8 महीने पहले हुई थी शादी
मां बाप के एकलौता पुत्र थे मेजर विभूति शंकर जी और आज इनकी पत्नी विधवा हो गई ।
#विनम्र_श्रद्धांजलि #Jai_hind”

(Translation: Married 8 months ago. Major Vibhuti Shankar ji was the only son of his parents and today his wife became a widow. #विनम्र_श्रद्धांजलि #Jai_hind)

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

On putting the picture through Google Reverse Image Search, we found the same picture on Facebook dated February 19, 2019, which clearly means that the picture is old.

On digging further, we found the same picture of late Major VS Dhoundiyal in a news article on DNA dated February 19, 2019, claiming that Major VS Dhoundiyal was martyred fighting terrorists in Pulwama in Jammu and Kashmir.

Moreover, we also found other pictures of Vibhuti Shankar Dhoundiyal’s final farewell on Amar Ujala dated February 20, 2019.

Moreover, we found a news report by News Nation dated February 19, 2019, with the YouTube description, “Family members of martyred Shankar Dhoundiyal paid tribute on the first death anniversary of the CRPF jawan. Nitika Kaul, the wife of Major Dhoundiyal, said that she misses him every day. Watch the full conversation.”

Hence, we can say that the post in circulation is misleading.

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