HYDERABAD: A picture of the front page of Dainik Bhaskar claiming that Nepal has occupied 7,100 acres of Indian land is viral on social media. Users claim it is a recent incident.

Congress national spokesperson Pawan Khera tweeted the picture with the claim that reads, "What is the condition of this country? Nepal is occupying our land and we are distributing the certificate of patriotism amongst ourselves in the country itself." (archive)

This picture was also shared by other social media users.


The claim that the newspaper clipping is recent is false.

NewsMeter searched online with the relevant keywords and found the Dainik Bhaskar article on the website published three years ago with the same headline. It states that Nepal had occupied around 7,100 acres of land in the West Champaran district of Bihar and that several areas including Susta in Valmiki Nagar, parts of the Valmiki Nagar Tiger Reserve, and hills of the Shivalik range in Govardhana have been encroached upon.

We also checked for the report on Dainik Bhaskar's mobile app and found the same article published on August 14, 2018.

The same was also reported by Jansatta.

Evidently, the news report was not recently published. The case is not a recent incident.

Claim Review :   Dainik Bhaskars report on Nepal occupying 7,100 acres of Indian land is a recent incident.
Claimed By :  Social Media Users
Fact Check :  False

Misha Rajani

Misha Rajani is a Fact Checker at NewsMeter. She is currently pursuing her Master's degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from St. Francis College for Women. She has written a thesis on “ Role of social media in highlighting injustice”. Apart from pursuing a career in news writing, Misha is also skilled in graphic designing. You can follow Misha on Twitter @misharajani00

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