The February 14 attack on the CRPF convoy has changed the dynamics of militancy in the Kashmir Valley. At least 44 CRPF jawans were killed and dozens injured in a terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district on the 14th of February.
After the attack, there are many viral misleading and dangerous social media posts, falsely claiming to provide information on the Pulwama attack. From the fake image of an injured soldier to reports on sniffer dogs attaining martyrdom during the Pulwama attack, here’s a list of some fake news and rumors.
Fake picture of Russian soldier being claiming that he left his treatment midway after Pulwama attack.
The picture of an injured army man in combat outfit and bandages on his body went viral on social media.
The post claimed that the man in the picture is an Indian Army personnel who left his treatment mid-way to teach terrorists a lesson after hearing that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given the Army a free hand to retaliate. However, the viral photograph is of a Russian soldier and was taken during a 2004 terror attack in Russia.
When people mistook this picture to be the coffins of the martyred CRPF jawans.
In another post that went viral after the Pulwama attack, army veteran Major Surendra Poonia posted two pictures with #RIPBravehearts and caption “Cost of freedom and pain of losing brothers!” The first picture is that of coffins wrapped in tricolours and the other soldiers wiping their face. The post was shared a hundred times since as people mistook them to be the coffins of the martyred CRPF jawans.
— Major Surendra Poonia (@MajorPoonia) February 15, 2019
Fake news about sniffer dog
The other fake news that was shared widely on Twitter was that 13 sniffer dogs were also martyred during the Pulwama attack. However, a CRPF officer told The Quint that no sniffer dogs were killed in the attack as there were no dogs in the convoy. Also Read: Army Warns & Sends A Warning To The Misguided Kashmiri Youth
Old video being shared as footage of army retaliation for Pulwama attack
An old video from 2018 showing a military encounter in Kashmir is being shared as the Indian army retaliating to the Pulwama attack.
A similar photo posted in December 2018 in a tweet, showing the aftermath of an 18 hour gunfight between militants and armed forces in Bandipore district of Jammu and Kashmir.
Police identified the 2 militants as Mudasir Parray, Saquib Mushtaq, both hailing from Hajin area of #Bandipore district.police identified the third militant as Ali Bhai, who is a resident of #Pakistan, adding, he was the one who engaged the forces in the 18 hour long gunfight. pic.twitter.com/tK39wL82Eu
— Kashmir News (@Kashmirnews22) December 9, 2018
Old video of explosion in Iraq shared as footage of Pulwama attack
An old unverified video of massive explosion has been widely shared as a footage of the Pulwama attack.
Using a reverse image search of several frames of the video, we found that it was posted by multiple users on Youtube, as early as 2007. While we could not officially verify where it was taken, the caption in some of the videos explained that it was in Iraq.
Video of a car bombing in Syria shared as footage of Pulwama attack
A video from a car bomb explosion at a checkpoint near the Turkish-Syrian border was shared as CCTV footage of the Pulwama attack. By running a few frames of the video through a reverse image search on Google, we found that it was originally posted before the Pulwama attack.
#Çobanbey girişindeki askeri inzibat (Şurta) teşkilatı kontrol noktası yakınlarında bomba yüklü araç patladı.
Detaylar gelecek.. pic.twitter.com/6PXSAreg3R
— Hüseyin Bozan (@huseyinbozan) February 12, 2019
Video of mock security drill at Mumbai shared as footage of a foiled terror attempt
A footage of a mock security drill conducted by local police, Riot Control Police and Quick Response Team on February 14 in the Virar locality of Mumbai, was shared as a footage of a foiled terror attempt. While the misleading caption of the video did not make any reference to the Pulwama attack, the fact that it occurred on the same day added to the panic and confusion. Also Read: Pulwama Attack: Shocking Story of ‘Suicide Bomber’ Adil Ahmad Dar
Doctored video of Priyanka Gandhi Vadra claims that she is laughing at a press conference after Pulwama attack
Priyanka Vadra was laughing at press conference 😡😡
Such vultures pic.twitter.com/hVSWWWfuiu
— अंकुर सिंह (@iAnkurSingh) February 14, 2019
A doctored video of Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s press conference following the Pulwama attack was shared with the claim that she was laughing as she addressed the crowd about the tragic incident.
There was no instances of laughter during the press conference. Instead, Gandhi Vadra expresses her condolences and gave out a word of support to the families of the victims.
Doctored image of Rahul Gandhi standing next to Pulwama car bomber Adil Ahmed Dar
A doctored image of Rahul Gandhi standing next to Pulwama car bomber Adil Ahmed Dar
The picture was shared with the claim that Dar is a close aide of Gandhi. The photo is from a 2014 Lok Sabha campaign in Uttar Pradesh. The original photo revealed very clearly that the man standing next to Gandhi was not Dar.
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