CAPF chiefs were invited to R-Day parade; viral claims are false

A newspaper clipping claiming that the Director Generals (DGs) of Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) were not invited to the Republic Day Parade this year, is circulating on Whatsapp.

By Misha Rajani  Published on  31 Jan 2022 2:39 PM GMT
CAPF chiefs were invited to R-Day parade; viral claims are false

HYDERABAD: A newspaper clipping claiming that the Director Generals (DGs) of Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) were not invited to the Republic Day Parade this year, is circulating on Whatsapp.

"The DGPs of the BSF, CRPF, CISF, ITB, and SSB were not invited to the Republic Day parade. The omission is perceived as a snub to the one odd million personnel of the central forces," reads the post


FACT CHECK:

This claim is false, as several CAPFs have refuted the claim. They said their chiefs were invited and they attended the parade.

The viral clipping is a report published in the Indian Express. The claim was printed in an opinion piece titled "Why PM Modi wasted no time in installing Netaji's statue" by Coomi Kapoor and was added under the section titled 'Not Invited'.

The Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) refuted the claim and said that the DG ITBP was invited and had attended the Parade. ITBP also added that it was for the first time that the 'Janbaz' bikers of ITBP showcased their skills at the parade.

It should be noted that DG ITBP Sanjay Arora has an additional charge of SSB. Therefore, though SSB has not issued any statement, their chief was invited to the parade and had attended the same.

Central Reserve Police Forces (CRPF) refuted the claim and tweeted that the information published in the Indian Express report is incorrect, ill-intended, and insulting to the Force. The tweet confirmed that Kuldeep Singh, DG CRPF, was invited and had attended the Republic Day Parade.

Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) also refuted the viral claim and tweeted that the Indian Express report was incorrect. It clarified that the DG of CISF Sheel Vardhan Singh was invited and had attended the Republic Day parade.

Border Security Force (BSF) has not issued any statement yet. Given that the chiefs of all other CAPFs were invited, it can be said that the DG BSF was also invited.

Moreover, after the CAPFs refuted the report, Indian Express removed the 'Not Invited' section from the article and added an Editor's note saying, "The last item in this article titled 'Not invited' was incorrect and has been removed. The error is regretted."


Evidently, the claim that DGs of several CAPF were not invited to the Republic Day Parade this year is false.

Claim Review:DGs of several CAPF were not invited to the Republic Day Parade this year
Claimed By:Social Media Users
Claim Reviewed By:Newsmeter
Claim Source:Social Media
Claim Fact Check:False
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