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Nepal’s Flag burnt by AIMIM(UP) leaders shared with misleading claims



Uttar Pradesh: An image of a man burning a flag is going viral across social media with a claim that  AIMIM District President of Pratapgarh, Mohammad Salim Ansari, is insulting the pride of Sanathan Dharma by burning a saffron flag. The viral image has been shared by many users with similar claims.

A Facebook page, ‘Pushpendra Kushrestha Fans Club’  shared the image with a claim that Salim Ansari of AIMIM is openly burning a saffron flag. The post has been shared more than 2k times. (Archive)

A Twitter user, Sangam Mishra (@msangam977) has shared the same image threatening that there will be a big riot as a consequence if police don’t take action. Tagging @Uppolice @CMOfficeUP, the user claimed, “AIMIM District President of Pratapgarh, Mohammad Salim Ansari, who is openly insulting the pride of Sanatan Dharma by burning the saffron flag. Take action after taking cognizance of the case or else a big riot could be taken immediately”.

FactO Check:

The image is also viral on WhatsAPP groups. We have received a request on our Telegram channel to verify the news. Upon looking at the image, we have observed that there is an AIMIM banner in the background which has “Nepal मुर्दाबाद ” written on it. Upon closely observing, we saw that there were two different flags, one of them is an official Nepal flag and the other one had Nepal written on it, along with some other text.

We also found a tweet by Pratapgarh Police (@pratapgarhpol), the tweet says (Translated) “The flag displayed in the said case belongs to the country of Nepal. Nepal’s flag has been burnt by the members of AIMIM party Pratapgarh in protest against the Nepalese who claimed Indian territory as theirs, following the decision by the Parliament of Nepal country”

Pratapgarh Police have also shared another video of the AIMIM’s official, explaining the whole incident.

Conclusion: Pratapgarh Police have confirmed that the flag burnt by the members of AIMIM party in Pratapgarh is a Nepal flag. AIMIM officials have clarified the same and said they have no intentions in hurting religious sentiments and their protest was against Nepal.

ClaimReview: Uttar Pradesh’s AIMIM leaders burns Bhagwa flag to insult Hindu sentiments

Claim By: Facebook posts

Fact Check by Facto News: FALSE

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An old video from Israel is being shared with a false narrative mocking Indian army



India: A video is going viral across social media which takes a dig at the Indian army, mocking the armed forces. A Facebook page “J&K update 24×7”, shared a video in which a soldier gets knocked over by a rolling tire while trying to kick it. The video was shared with a caption, “Indian forces with border area”,  and it has garnered almost 2.4k likes and 1.3k shares on Facebook. The video was also viral in WhatsApp groups. (Archive)

Indian forces with border area😁😁😁😀😀😝😝 like this page

Posted by J&K update 24×7 on Thursday, June 25, 2020

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A simple reverse image search led us to multiple YouTube videos from different sources. The video can also be found in DailyMotion. The incident happened in June 2014, in Israel when the Israel armed forces were trying to control a riot between them and the Palestinian protesters.  

A YouTube channel, “polster2”  also shared this video on June 7, 2014.

Conclusion: It is evident that the incident happened in Israel, on June 2014 and has nothing to do with the Indian Army or Jammu and Kashmir border area. The claim is misleading, fake and made intentionally to disrespect the Indian armed forces in a public platform. We request the audience to verify the sources before posting or sharing content across social media. 

ClaimReview: Indian Army soldier at border area knocked down by a rolling tire. 

Claim By : Facebook Page, J&K update 24×7.

Fact Check By Facto News: FALSE

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A video from U.S. is being shared as Indian Army patrolling over Pangong Tso Lake, Ladakh



Ladakh: India has lost 20 brave soldiers in the violent face-off between the Indian and Chinese troops near Galwan valley. Ever since the incident, several unrelated images and videos claiming to be of the Indian army are doing rounds across social media.

Recently a video is viral on social media with a claim that the Indian Army is using Apache Helicopter for patrolling over Pangong Tso lake.( This lake is situated at Galwan Valley)

Many Twitter users shared this video with the same claim. In the viral video, it can be seen that some helicopters are flying over a lake. (Archive)

Tweet reads as,

Superb…Our Apache attack helicopters patrol over Pangong Tso in Ladakh 👏🏼👏🏼 Appreciate


Here is what he replied when a twitter user told him this video not from Ladakh.

This video is also posted by many users on Twitter, Youtube, and Facebook. Ramayan Bhakt. Kuldeep Singh.

FactO Check:

We have received multiple requests from users to verify this viral claim. We did a frame by frame analysis of the video and took some screenshots and did a reverse image search of the screen grabs. In our search, we were directed towards a YouTube link, uploaded by a channel named “Down To Fly”. According to the channel owner, the video is from a location called “Lake Havasu”, and was uploaded on 22 Jan 2018.  “Lake Havasu” is located in Arizona, USA.

It is evident that this video is from USA and has no connection with Pangong Tso lake or Indian Army.

Conclusion: Viral video claiming to be of Indian Army patrolling with apache helicopter is fake. This is a 2-year-old video, from Havasu lake, Arizona.

ClaimReview:  Indian Army using Apache helicopter for patrolling over Pangong Lake.

Claim By: Maj Gen Brajesh Kr
Fact check by Factonews : FALSE

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A mock drill video from Pune being shared as ‘Corona patients are now found on the roads’




Pune: Maharashtra is one of the hotspots in India with maximum number of corona virus cases. A video of the patient being picked from road by four men in PPE gear, and taken to the hospital in an ambulance is going viral.

A Facebook user posted the video with the claim, “पुण्यातील रस्त्यांवर कोरोनाचे रुग्ण सार्वजानिक ठिकाणी सापडण्यास सुरवात झाली आहे, भयानक परिस्थिती आहे, सर्वांनीच आपली व आपल्या कुटुंबाची काळजी घ्या ….सुरक्षित रहा”

Translated from Marathi “The patients of Corona virus are now found in public places in Pune. It’s a terrible situation. Everyone take care.

There are many other users sharing this video with same claim. Please find here.

FactO Check:

With the help of reverse image search, we found a tweet of Pune Mirror, with the caption “#PMC health officials conducted a mock drill at Deccan Corner to know the response time of concern authorities in case a COVID related emergency arises“. With these tweets, it clear that it wasn’t a real incident in Pune city but a mock drill conducted by PMC health workers.

Conclusion: A mock drill video from Pune is being shared in the wrong context. Any such mock drill video should be shared with a watermark, as it goes viral on other platforms without caption and it could be misleading.

ClaimReview: The patients of Corona virus are now found in public places in Pune

ClaimBy: Facebook user

Fact Check by FactoNews: FALSE

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