Fact Check: Photo of Indian students passed off as Pak students holding Tricolors to flee Ukraine

A photo of a few students holding the Indian Tricolor is being shared on social media with the claim that the students are from Pakistan.

By Tejal Sinha  Published on  9 March 2022 5:21 AM GMT
Fact Check: Photo of Indian students passed off as Pak students holding Tricolors to flee Ukraine

Hyderabad: A photo of a few students holding the Indian Tricolor is being shared on social media with the claim that the students are from Pakistan. A text on the photo reads, "Pakistani students are using the Indian flag to escape Ukraine."






The image is viral on Facebook and can be viewed here.

Fact Check

The claim is false.

A Google reverse image search led us to a report published by The Tribune on 26 February 2022. Tit carried a similar photo. The report was titled, 'First batch of Indian students enter Hungary from Ukraine; embassy issues fresh advisory'.

It said, "The first batch of Indian students entered Hungary from Ukraine through the Zahony crossing point on Saturday. The students are being taken to Budapest for return to India by an Air India flight."

The photo is a screengrab from a video that was shared by the Indian embassy in Hungary on its official Twitter handle on 26 February. The video was shared with the caption, "More batches of Indian students enter Hungary from Ukrainian side at Zahony crossing, traveling onward to Budapest for return to India by AI flight today."

NewsMeter also found the image in a report published by Deccan Chronicle on 28 February. The report had further stated, "Indians fleeing the war zone have been asked to prominently display the tricolor on their buses to escape amid confusion."


It is evident that the claim made through the viral post is false. The students seen in the viral image are not Pakistani but Indians.

Claim Review:A photo of Pakistani students holding Tricolor to flee Ukraine.
Claimed By:Social Media Users
Claim Reviewed By:Newsmeter
Claim Source:Social Media
Claim Fact Check:False
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