With the tragic death of CDS General Bipin Rawat in a helicopter crash, several unrelated photos and videos surfaced claiming to show the final moments of the chopper. Old videos from Arunachal Pradesh and Syria showing helicopter accidents were widely shared by netizens this past week.
With old video from Colombia linked to Nagaland killings, video made for educational purpose shared as a real incident, Newschecker found ‘videos shared out of context’ as the main ingredient of misinformation this week.
Also, a fake claim on Akhilesh Yadav signing Ajmal Kasab’s mercy petition was widely shared by social media users. Here is a list of top five factchecks done by Newschecker this past week.
Video Of Syrian Helicopter Shot Down In Idlib Shared As Footage Of Gen Bipin Rawat’s Chopper Crash
Hours after the reports of Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat’s chopper crash came in, several users posted a video of an Mi 17 bursting into flames midair before circling down to the ground and disintegrating in the process. Newschecker has found the video to be from Syria and not related to the tragic incident involving the CDS that took place in Coonoor in Tamil Nadu. Read the full article here.
Video Of Mi 17 Crash Landing In Arunachal Falsely Shared As Chopper Crash Of Gen Bipin Rawat
A day after the tragic death of India’s first Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat in a helicopter crash in Tamil Nadu’s Coonoor, a video showing a Mi 17 crash landing is being shared widely on Twitter, Facebook and WhatsApp claiming to show the fatal accident. The video shows a chopper descending slowly in a hilly terrain, and tilt sideways as it lands, with its blades furrowing the ground. Newschecker has found the video to be from another incident of an Mi 17 crash landing in Arunachal Pradesh and not related to the helicopter crash involving Gen Bipin Rawat. Read the full article here.
Old Video From Colombia Falsely Linked To Civilian Killings In Nagaland
A twenty-nine-second-long video showing a group of men confronting army personnel and provoking them with machetes is being widely shared on social media claiming to show soldiers in Nagaland being ganged up by the locals before the fatal shooting that killed 14 civilians. Newschecker found the video is not related to Nagaland. It is an old video from Colombia. Read the full article here.
No, Akhilesh Yadav Did Not Sign The Mercy Plea For Ajmal Kasab’s Death Sentence
A viral post claiming that Akhilesh Yadav was among the list of 203 people who signed the petition for the commutation of Ajmal Kasab, who was sentenced to death for the 26/11 terror attacks in Mumbai in 2008, is being widely shared on social media. But Newschecker’s investigation found Akhilesh Yadav did not sign the mercy petition. The claim is fabricated. Read the full article here.
Viral Video Showing School Girl Helping Pregnant Woman Is Scripted
A viral video, claiming to show a young school girl helping pregnant woman by giving her water and giving her a ride on her BMW car has gone viral on social media. On a quick fact check, Newschecker found that the video to be scripted and meant for educational purposes. Read the full article here.