Fact Check: Did Nepal soldiers gun down 7 Indian soldiers for ceasefire violation?

By Aiswarya Sriram  Published on  6 July 2020 7:14 AM GMT
Fact Check: Did Nepal soldiers gun down 7 Indian soldiers for ceasefire violation?

Hyderabad: After Nepal incorporated three Indian territories in its map, the relations have been bitter between India and Nepal. Though there have been no border disputes between India and Nepal a viral tweet posted by a Twitter user Irmak Idoya states that, "Indian coward Army initiated unprovoked ceasefire violation across the India-Nepal border at Belahiya. At least 3 civilians were injured as a result of unprovoked Indian firing. In response, our brave soldiers killed 7 Indian soldiers (Sic)." With the claim he has also shared a picture of seven dead Indian soldiers.

You can view the archived tweet here. http://archive.vn/zW2OC

The tweet has more than 4,500 likes and more than 1,500 retweets.

The claim was also shared on Facebook.

Fact check:

Both the images shared with the claim are old and have nothing to do with ceasefire violation. The picture of Nepal Armed Police Force used in the tweet is a file picture released by Rashtriya Samachar Samiti of Nepal and has been repeatedly used by many media channels.

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The other picture which shows dead Indian army soldiers is from 2015. When we did a reverse image search, we found India Today article dated May 3, 2015, according to which, the pictures are of Assam Rifle Jawans who were martyred during a deadliest ambush by Naga militants.

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Earlier, the same image was shared as bodies of Indian Army soldiers who died in the Galwan Valley stand-off. It was fact-checked by The Quint.

Moreover, no ceasefire violations have been recorded in the India-Nepal border in recent times.

Claim Review:Nepal soldiers gun down 7 Indian soldiers for ceasefire violation
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Claim Fact Check:False
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