June 29, 2020

Fact Check: Viral Video of Indian Soldiers Misfiring Guns not From Galwan Valley

Fake Side:

Around 20 soldiers were killed in Ladakh’s Galwan Valley in a recent standoff with the Chinese soldiers. A video allegedly showing Indian soldiers fleeing after misfiring a gun during the Galwan incident has been doing the rounds of social media. It was also uploaded on YouTube claiming it showed the “current situation” between India and China.

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The Video is also widely shared on Twitter

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True Side:

We did a reverse image search and found that the video was shared by Riffat Wani, an activist from Kashmir. The same video was later posted by Imark Doya.

The video has been on the Internet since 2018. It was shared by a Facebook page, Justice for Lieutenant Colonel Retired Habib Zahir, on 10 November 2018.

We also found a Chinese report about an accident while Indian soldiers were training with the Carl Gustaf recoilless gun. It had used screenshots of the video shared by Imark Doya. According to the report, “In India, only elite troops such as mountain divisions are equipped with this weapon. As a result, during training, it is not known whether the Indian mountain soldiers made a mistake or if the problem was with the recoilless gun. The recoilless gun suddenly exploded in the hands of the Indian soldier. At the same time, the operator also fell to the ground.”

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From the video, it is evident that it shows soldiers training and has nothing to do with the recent Galwan Valley clash. The soldiers fled after their artillery exploded to avoid an accident during the training.
However, we were unable to find the origin of the video.

The claim that the video is from Galwan valley and shows Indian soldiers running off after misfiring a gun is FALSE. The video has been on the Internet since 2018 and it shows a mishap during a military training session.

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