A photo of Lal Chowk, Srinagar is viral on social media with a Indian flag on the tower claimed as this happened first time in Indian history. Few images consist of two photos ‘then and now’ claiming earlier Lal Chowk didn’t have the flag, now it has.
Kapil Mishra, a BJP leader tweeted the image with text “Tiranga at Lal Chowk“, and by now has more than 7.1K retweets.
Tiranga at Lal Chowk 🇮🇳 pic.twitter.com/jwlhFs5pZK
— Kapil Mishra (@KapilMishra_IND) August 14, 2020
Jamyang Tsering Namgyal (Twitter Bio – State President @BJP4Ladakh | MP Lok Sabha – Ladakh | Ex. Chairman/CEC, LAHDC Leh | Ex. District President, @BJP4Leh ) tweeted –
What has changed since #5Aug2019?
— Jamyang Tsering Namgyal (@jtnladakh) August 14, 2020
Kirron Kher, actress, MP and wife of Actor Anupam Kher tweeted
— Kirron Kher (@KirronKherBJP) August 15, 2020
Paanamben Madaam, Member of Parliament (Loksabha) Jamnagar tweeted –
जम्मू कश्मीर के श्रीनगर स्थित लाल चौक में आंतकी कहर से लोग जाने से भी डरते थे,आज उसी जगह मान.प्रधानमंत्री श्री @narendramodi जी और मान.गृहमंत्री श्री @AmitShah जी के सशक्त नेतृत्व में हमारा तिरंगा शान से लहरा रहा है एवं हमारा पवित्र राष्ट्रगान वहां के हर कोने में गूंज रहा है। pic.twitter.com/hWDY4Pu1TC
— Poonamben Maadam (@PoonambenMaadam) August 15, 2020
Asha Nakum (State IT Convener at BJP, UT of Dadra Nagarhaveli ) twitter
— Asha Nakum🇮🇳 (@AshaNakumBJP) August 14, 2020
Gorakhnath Baba (Member of Legislative Assembly, Uttar Pradesh) tweeted
Tiranga at Lal Chowk 🇮🇳 pic.twitter.com/43spDyF8hh
— Gorakhnath BaBa (@MlaGorakhnath) August 14, 2020
— Tanmay Shankar(तन्मय शंकर)🇮🇳 (@Shanktan) August 15, 2020
At Lal Chowk. Jai Hind 🇮🇳 pic.twitter.com/txf3BZMo74
— RatnakaR (@TheRatanRoyal) August 15, 2020
After a decade big flag at Lal Chowk Srinagar.
Jai Hind pic.twitter.com/iSSb6cZloA
— Gaurav Pradhan 🇮🇳 (@OfficeOfDGP) August 14, 2020
Update – 6th Aug 2021
R P Singh: National Spokesperson, BJP
From 1992 to 2021.
In 1992 Murli Manohar Joshi ji & @narendramodi ji hoisted National Flag amidst gun fire in Valley at Lal Chowk. Today every roof top in Kashmir proudly hoist Tricolor.#NewJammuKashmir pic.twitter.com/on7yaxYRZ5
— R P Singh: National Spokesperson BJP (@rpsinghkhalsa) August 6, 2021
Gajendra Chauhan –
लाल चौक में फहराया तिरंगा
— Gajendra Chauhan (@Gajjusay) August 5, 2021
कश्मीर के घर घर में तिरंगा पहुँचाने वाले हमारे यशस्वी प्रधानमंत्री श्री @narendramodi जी से ही देश की 135 करोड़ की आबादी को विश्वास है कि पाकिस्तान के क़ब्ज़े वाले कश्मीर में भी जल्द तिरंगा फहराया जायेगा। #TirangaForKashmir pic.twitter.com/6freKClNTZ
— Naveen Kumar Jindal 🇮🇳 (@naveenjindalbjp) August 5, 2021
Uttar Pradesh Org –
Following post has been shared for more than 5100 times
Following post has been shared for more than 4200 times
Newspaper Jagran posted an article based on same image
Source for above photo
— Jagran English (@JagranEnglish) August 15, 2020
News Nation, a news channel, published and article based on fake image –
कभी कश्मीर के सबसे संवेदनशील इलाकों में शुमार रहने वाला लाल चौक आज हिंसा और पत्थरबाजी से आजाद है. लाल चौक पर फहराते हुए देश का तिरंगा सोशल मीडिया के सभी प्लेटफॉर्म्स पर छाया हुआ है.#IndependenceDayIndia #LalChowk #NewsNationTVhttps://t.co/0EXuxAVFRD
— News Nation (@NewsNationTV) August 15, 2020
The photo is edited with Flag added on it digitally. The original photo is a decade old, Year 2010
The blog posted in 2010 published the same photo.
We have contacted the author of the article, Mr. Mubasshir Mushtaq, a freelance journalist. He claimed he himself took the photo and emailed us the original photo from which we found the photo was taken on 22nd June 2010 by Canon PowerShot S5 IS.
The same photo has been used by few News houses 3 years ago, i.e. 2017.
News – “Shiv Sena sends a team to hoist Indian flag on Lal Chowk”
You can see a comparison between the now viral photo and the original old photo below which proves that the viral photo is edited, not real.
You can see the same vehicles on same position, a man walking with bag in his hand. The red rectangle on top in viral image shows a light blue strip is added digitally to fit the flag.
The photo below is part of forensics of images and is an ELA (Error Level Analysis) of the viral image. Link of analysis
As shown in the red rectangle on the viral image above, you can see that it’s a flat color in the ELA screenshot below. The top part of the image is flat single color with flag on it. SO the original image was extended vertically (a light blue strip matching sky color) to fit the flag on it.
Further, the flag has been taken from a photo which only shows the blue sky.
Compare the flag parts of the original photo vs the one in viral image
Left is original, same has been used in the fake viral image
Complete Original photo
Further, the viral image is old. The building behind the tower has been renovated, canopies on the roof changed, entire building has been painted white.
Source for right image: Getty Images (rectangle added by SMHoaxSlayer)
The Tribune posted an article 2 days ago and shows the building in white color too.
2 days old video of a search operation by Army for safety on independence day also shows the same building in White Color, Source
Below is an year old ABP news video clip from Lal Chowk which also shows the renovated building is in white color
Tweeted on 7th August, you can see the building is in white color matching recent photos
— Aakash Hassan (@AakashHassan) August 7, 2020
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