Fact Check: Movie Screenshot Goes Viral As Indian Soldiers Capturing Chinese Soldiers

On October 8, 2021, media reported that Indian soldiers detained a few Chinese troops in Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh after they crossed over from Tibet. In this backdrop, an image of two soldiers held captive by a few men in uniform went viral on social media. The caption associated with the image implied that Indian soldiers caught Chinese soldiers.

The image is being shared with a caption that reads, “राहुल गांधी, प्रियंका वाड्रा या केजरीवाल कभी इस पर ट्वीट नहीं करेंगे कि भारतीय सेना ने अरुणाचल में डेढ़ सौ से ज्यादा चीनी सैनिकों को बंदी बना लिया फिर जब चीन के सेना के कमांडर और भारतीय कमांडर के बीच में मीटिंग हुई उसके बाद ही छोड़ा गया।” (English translation: Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Vadra and Kejriwal will never Tweet that the Indian Army captured more than one hundred Chinese soldiers in Arunachal then left after the meeting between the Chinese Army commander and the Indian commander.)

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NewsMobile did a fact-check and found the claim to be fake.

We did a Google Reverse Image Search and found the same image was published by a Chinese media outlet, Narenwo, on December 23, 2020. The report translated in English read, “The filming of the Indian drama “Kalwan Valley” which shows the capturing of the People’s Liberation Army, which is contrary to reality.”

Another media site, INF.News also published the same image and reported, “The Indian drama “Kalwan River Valley” was filmed. The report also mentioned that the film shows the conflict in the Kalwan Valley at the Sino-Indian border.

A YouTube video, published by Martial Art Ladakh on December 3, 2020, featured the scene from which the above screengrab has been taken. At around the 5:47 timestamp, one can clearly see the visual that has gone viral. Also, in the video one can see people holding cameras, hence we can ascertain that the image is a still from a movie shoot.

We also found that the Chinese Army uniform is different from what is seen in the image. In the viral image, the blue uniform represents Chinese Army personnel, however, in reality, the uniform of the China’s People’s Liberation Army is different.

Thus, an image of a movie based on Galway Valley clashes has gone viral with a fake claim pertaining to capture of Chinese troops.


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