Hyderabad: A video of a human body lying on a stretcher on a snow-capped mountain is viral on social media. Users claim that this is the body of Indian soldier Amrish Tyagi who went missing 16 years ago.
According to the claim, Amrish Tyagi, a resident of Muradnagar, had fallen into the ditch while returning after hoisting the tricolor on the highest peak of the Himalayas.
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The claim is false.
NewsMeter searched with the help of the In-Vid tool. The team found a 2018 video on YouTube. In this video, people are being seen around the frozen body and could be heard speaking in Hindi. "Recovery of a soldier frozen and buried by Avalanche in India," reads the thumbnail.
"Several soldiers stationed in the Siachen glacier region of Kashmir were stranded or buried under several feet of snow after an avalanche hit the military advances," reads the description.
The fact-checking team later searched with keywords "the army personnel buried under the snow."
The team found a report by India Today dated February 2016. According to the report, four army personnel and two civilians were killed after they were buried under the snow.
"The initial reports said that at least eight army jawans were buried under the snow as the avalanche hit the army post at Siachen glacier in Ladakh." the report reads.
The Indian Express reported that the rescuers saved Rakesh Kumar. However, he later succumbed to injuries. Rakesh was from Ghumarpur village in the state's Bilaspur district.
We also found an NDTV video report. We could see army soldiers being rescued. He was identified as Lance Naik Hanaman Thappa, who was buried under 25 feet of snow. This video is 5 years old.
The team looked for more accurate information related to the Amrish Tyagi.
According to The Hindustan Times report, "Indian soldier Amrish Tyagi along with other three soldiers went missing when they were returning from an expedition at a mountain peak above Joshimath on September 23, 2005."
"Coincidentally, his body was discovered by the army exactly 16 years later on September 23, 2021, in the Harshil sector of Uttarakhand and handed over to his family. His family cremated the body on Tuesday at his village Hisami in Ghaziabad's Muradnagar," the report said.
Hence, it is evident that the video is from 2016. It is not linked to missing Indian Army Lance Naik Amrish Tyagi. His body has been found on September 23, 2021.