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After violent clash between Indian Army and Chinese soldiers on June 15 at Galwan Valley, Social media is abuzz with fake news. A black and white picture showing former Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in the backdrop of mountains, addressing soldiers is being shared with the claim that she addressed soldiers at the Galwan Valley.
The picture was shared by the official Twitter account of UP congress. It was retweeted over 2000 times.
Indira Gandhi addressing Army jawans at Galwan Valley, Ladakh pic.twitter.com/y7BOdlpI8M— Indira Gandhi (@indira_gandhi1) June 21, 2020
Several other verified accounts shared the picture with the same claim.
गलवान घाटी में जवानों को संबोधित करती इंदिरा गांधी का यह फ़ोटो दर्शाता है कि शेरनी तो देश मे एक ही थी। अब तो सरकार चूहों के हाथ मे है जिनके राज में चीन हमारी सीमा में घुस कर 20 जवानों को मार देता है और प्रधानमंत्री कहते हैं कि कोई सीमा में घुसा ही नही। 20 जवान तो अपने आप ही मर गए pic.twitter.com/RvIjE9uE0G— Vaibhav Walia (@vbwalia) June 22, 2020
गलवान घाटी में जवानों को संबोधित करती इंदिरा गांधी का यह फ़ोटो दर्शाता है कि शेरनी तो देश मे एक ही थी। अब तो सरकार चूहों के हाथ मे है जिनके राज में चीन हमारी सीमा में घुस कर 20 जवानों को मार देता है और प्रधानमंत्री कहते हैं कि कोई सीमा में घुसा ही नही। 20 जवान तो अपने आप ही मर गए pic.twitter.com/zRH1VzkTd4— Daman and Diu Congress Sevadal (@SevadalDD) June 22, 2020
The Logical Indian received a request on its WhatsApp fact check number (6364000343) to authenticate the claims made with the viral photo.
Indira Gandhi addressed army jawans at Galwan Valley.
The claim is False.
Below is a screenshot showing the two locations on the map:
Below is a screenshot of the viral photo in an article which says the photo was taken when Indira Gandhi was addressing the jawans in Leh in 1971:
"One of the rare pictures of former Prime Minister late Indira Gandhi addressing jawans in Leh in 1971," reads the caption of the photo.
Further, a tweet mentioned that the photo is actually a PTI photo and credited it to DPR Defence.
With all due respect. The source of this image is— Rachit Seth (@rachitseth) June 21, 2020
Smt. Indira Gandhi addressing Jawans in Leh in 1971 and NOT Galwan Valley, Ladakh. [PTI Photo/ Courtesy DPR Defence]
Speaking as an Indira Gandhi fan- kindly don't spread wrong information. Thanks https://t.co/uhWZHq8xC8
The photo was found on the PTI archive.
Below is a screenshot of the search.
Therefore the viral pictures were taken in Leh and not Galwan Valley.
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