Hyderabad: A video showing people working with JCB excavators with the claim that it is the Indian Army demolishing Chinese bunkers along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) has gone viral on social media.

The claim upon translation read, "After 150 Chinese tanks and about 5,000 Chinese soldiers escape from Pangong Lake, Indian Army demolished all Chinese bunkers with a JCB."

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FACT CHECK

NewsMeter found that the video doesn't show Indian Army demolishing Chinese bunkers along the LAC. The video is about rescue operations related to the Chamoli (Uttarakhand) disaster that took place recently.

We performed a reverse image search and found a longer version of the same video on the YouTube channel of the news agency ANI on February 15, 2021, with the title, 'Chamoli disaster: 56 bodies recovered, rescue operation underway.' The report stated that the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) personnel along with NDRF carried out search and rescue operations at Raini village in Uttarakhand's Chamoli district.


The same video was also shared by the ITBP on its official Twitter handle.

Even an Economic Times report shared the video and stated that the ITBP and NDRF personnel were present in Raini village to help the victims.

According to the Hindustan Times, 'an avalanche triggered by a glacier burst over upper Himalayan regions in Chamoli district on February 7 and damaged two hydel power projects on Rishi Ganga river and possibly killed 150 people.'

It is clear that the videos are from a post-flood rescue operation that was carried in Chamoli.


Claim Review :   Video of people working with JCB excavators is from LAC
Claimed By :  Social Media Users
Fact Check :  False

Misha Rajani

Misha Rajani is currently a Freelance Fact Checker at Newsmeter. She is pursuing her post graduation in M. A. Mass Communication and Journalism from St Francis College for Women. She has written a thesis on " Role of social media in highlighting injustice ". Misha has a zeal for learning and writing news articles and apart from this, she is interested in video editing and graphic designing.

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