After the central government’s decision to remove Article 370, which deals with special status to Jammu and Kashmir, several questionable posts relating to the state are being shared on social media.
WHAT ARE THEY CLAIMING?
A video has gone viral on Facebook with the claim that Indian Army burnt down houses of Kashmiris in Bandipora district of J&K. The video shows some houses on fire, and people’s screams can be heard in the background audio.
WHAT’S THE TRUTH?
After critical research, we found that neither is the video from Bandipora nor did the Indian Army burn down the houses. It was a year-old incident when four residential houses caught fire in Lachipora village of Baramulla in J&K.
The video was shared by Facebook page Free Indian Occupied Kashmir’ late on Monday night. Indian Army Burns Kashmiri People’s Houses In Bandi Pura Indian occupied Kashmir and world is sleeping, it claimed along with the video.
The post has already been shared over 3,700 times till the filing of this story. The misleading post went viral last year too. At that time, it was shared more than 1,78,000 times.
Using In-Vid tool, we reverse searched the video and found some news reports from Kashmir, which had details about the incident.
It was reported that at least 20 animals had died in the incident and seven families were affected. According to the reports, police could not discover the cause of the fire. We did not find any news report claiming that the Indian Army was responsible for the incident.