Jammu and Kashmir Principal Secretary (Planning Commission) Rohit Kansal responded to those allegations. “There have been some reports in the media about firing by security agencies and deaths, the police carried out a detailed briefing and I would like to reiterate and categorically deny that any firing incident has happened in J&K,” he said. During Eid Qurban also, the police said there were couple of minor incidents, but other than that situation in Jammu and Kashmir was extremely peaceful and relaxed.
4. Indian Army Burning Houses in Kashmir
Again in August 2019, a video circulated on Facebook and other platforms claiming to show Indian Army burned Kashmiri people’s houses in Bandipora.
The fire accident is in fact an old one from March 2018 in Lachhipora area of Uri, Kashmir. According to officials, the fire broke out in one of the houses, spreading to surrounding residential houses and a cowshed. The fire destroyed the houses, cow shed and killed at least twenty animals. The nearest fire service station was unfortunately far away.
5. Thousands of Kashmiri Women Protest Against India
As a matter of fact, the video shows thousands of Kashmiri men-and-women chanting Azadi slogans during a funeral procession. It was in December 2018 after security forces killed two young militants in Hajin village. You can see the same video below with actual description.
6. Indian Security Forces Shooting Unarmed Kashmiris
A short video is circulating on social media with claims about Indian security forces shooting and killing unarmed Kashmiri protesters. Pakistan’s Retired Air Marshal Shahid Latif shared the video on Twitter on 9th August 2019. He said Indian forces are firing straight bullets on unarmed civilians protesting against violation of human rights in Indian occupied Kashmir. He also said the video can be old or recent, adding criminal silence of the United Nations Organization has no justification. The same video also appeared on Facebook with claims saying Indian Police shot and killed 30 Kashmiri protesters.
The short video appears to show few policemen shooting at a group of oncoming protesters on road before moving the victims in ambulance and clearing the road. However, the claims saying the video shows Indian security forces are shooting and killing Kashmiri protesters are not true. What you see in the video is in fact a Police mock drill conducted in Khunti district of Jharkhand, India back in late 2017. Note, there’s no commotion from the ‘protesting public’ after firing which would usually happen if the firing was genuine. There’s another larger video showing the mock drill training for police from different angle. It clearly shows the staged set up scene.
For your information, the same video circulated in mid-2018 also with false claims that policemen shot at farmers protesting in Mandsaur, Madhya Pradesh.
Fake News Presenting Jammu & Kashmir in Bad Light
Inspector General of Kashmir, S.P. Pani responded to the fake news and misinformation spread about situation in Kashmir, trying to show it in bad light. “There is a malicious campaign launched on social media about the situation in Kashmir. We have taken it up with service providers…this campaign has been manifested from outside,” he said.
Central government of India indeed wrote to Twitter to block “fake” accounts for spreading rumors about the prevailing situation in Kashmir. Subsequently, Twitter blocked eight accounts spreading fake news and misinformation to disturb peace and calm in the Valley. The blocked accounts included Voice of Kashmir @kashmir787, Madiha Shakil Khan @Red4Kashmir, Arshad Sharif @arsched, Mary Scully @mscully94, Syed Ali Geelani @sageelaniii, @sadaf2k19, @RiazKha723 and @RiazKha61370907. Likewise, blocking of some more accounts can take place for similar reasons. Reports clearly suggest Pakistan’s fake news factories and others are working on fake propaganda about tensions in Jammu and Kashmir.
Home Ministry of India is in fact monitoring such social media platforms and taking action for spreading lies and misinformation. So, watch out for red flags in such sensitive messages and verify them before you share and forward to others.