Old Video of Indo-US Joint Military Exercise Shared as ‘Live Encounter in Kashmir’
The video was a special report by DD News showing how the Indian army conducts combing operations whenever there is intelligence input of terrorists hiding in a particular village or locality.
. In this backdrop, “Live encounter in Kashmir” reads the caption of a video which has been shared by several social media users. The video is 57 seconds long.
Live encounter in Kashmir pic.twitter.com/UMsfE7V0AW
— Akash RSS (@Satynistha) August 4, 2019
The video shows security personnel conducting a combing and sanitising operation inside households. This is followed by the sound of gunshots and a chase sequence, before a soldier is seen frisking the body of what appears to be a slain terrorist lying on the ground. In the video, a DD News reporter can also be seen ‘reporting’ the scene of the incident. The video has a logo of DD News on the top left corner.
The same video is viral in Malayalam with a similar claim, which says, “This is how when people with spine rule. When you’re hiding Terrorists in homes and when the army come for checking, they’re preventing the army by chanting ‘Bolo Takbir’. But the army is swatting them aside and terminating the terrorists on the spot.” (translated).
നട്ടെല്ലുള്ളവർ രാജ്യം ഭരിച്ചാൽ ഇങ്ങനെ ഇരിക്കും,
കശ്മീരിൽ വീടുകളിൽ തീവ്ര വാദികളെ ഒളിപ്പിച്ചു വച്ചിട്ട്, വീടുകൾ പരിശോധിക്കാൻ പട്ടാളം എത്തിയപ്പോൾ അവർ ബോലോ തക്ബീർ വിളിച്ചു പട്ടാളത്തെ തടയാൻ ശ്രമിക്കുന്നു.അവരെ തള്ളി മാറ്റി.വീടുകളിൽ ഒളിച്ചിരുന്ന തീവ്രവാദികളെ സ്പോട്ടിൽ തീർക്കുന്നു. pic.twitter.com/wrvp2ughRA
— സജീഷ് സതീശൻ (@sajeesh251) August 3, 2019
OLD VIDEO OF INDO-US JOINT MILITARY EXERCISE
On the basis of the DD News logo seen in the video, Alt News searched the DD News channel on YouTube and found a video published on October 25, 2016 with the title, “Know how Indian Army carries out search operations in Kashmir valley”. The video is posted below.
The video was a special report by DD News showing how the Indian army conducts combing operations whenever there is intelligence input of terrorists hiding in a particular village or locality. For further information, Alt News searched for the details of the reporter covering the incident, Nandita Dagar. Alt News found a tweet from September 25, 2016 which had a photograph of the reporter wearing the same dress as seen in the video. According to the tweet, the photograph was from a Indo-US joint military exercise Yudh Abhyas.
— Sandeep (@SandeepUnnithan) September 25, 2016
Yudh Abhyas was started in the year 2004 under the US Army Pacific Partnership Programme. Yudh Abhyas 2016 commenced on September 15, 2016 with a focus on counter-insurgency and anti-terrorism operations. It was conducted in Chaubattia Military Station at Ranikhet in Uttarakhand.
It may be reiterated that the video circulating on social media as a live encounter in Kashmir, is actually a Indo-US joint training video of September 2016.
This article was first published at Alt News.