The viral picture of a kid paying homage to late Col. Santosh Babu is not his daughter.

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A viral picture of a kid paying homage to late Col. Santosh Babu who was martyred in a clash between Indian and Chinese troops at Galwan Valley in Ladakh recently has been shared on various social media platforms.

Claim: The viral picture claims to be of late Col. Santosh Babu’s daughter paying homage to his father at her residence after he was martyred in a clash between Indian and Chinese troops at Galwan Valley in Ladakh recently.

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Daughter of Col. Santosh Babu who was martyred in action in Clash with Chinese Army, prays in front of the Photo of her Father.

Posted by The News Now on Tuesday, June 16, 2020

 

Twitter

 

Amar Prasad Reddy who is Media Advisor to Union Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare and President – National Youth Council of India also tweeted this pic from his verified Twitter handle. The archived version of this tweet can be accessed from this link http://archive.is/bxfrj .

Vedank Singh who is secretary ice hockey India also tweeted the same picture from his verified Twitter handle. The archived version of this tweet can be accessed from this link http://archive.is/ARQMj .

 

IAS Sonal Goel also tweeted the same picture from his verified Twitter handle. The archived version of this tweet can be accessed from this link http://archive.is/SRmtE .

Femina, a leading brand in women’s magazines also tweeted the viral picture from its verified twitter handle. The archived version of this tweet can be accessed from this link http://archive.is/zlwkP .

Media Reports :

Several media houses also reported the same viral picture as the picture of late Col. Santosh Babu’s daughter paying homage to his father at her residence after he was martyred in a clash between Indian and Chinese troops at Galwan Valley.

Deccan Chronicle

The Deccan chronicle published the same viral picture in its article and the archived version of this article can be accessed from this link http://archive.is/oUyF2

Bhaskar

Dainik Bhasker also published the same viral picture in its article and the archived version of this article can be accessed from this link http://archive.is/kJUDg

Truth

The girl in the viral image is not the daughter of Late Col. Santosh Babu

During the course of our investigation, we reverse searched this image along with a keyword search for the same led to the official verified Twitter handle of the ABVP also known as Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad.

They tweet with viral picture along with several other pictures states that Karyakarta of ABVP in Nelamangala Taluk of Karnataka, along with his little sister, paid homage to Col. Santhosh Babu who was martyred during the scuffle between India and China at LAC in Galwan Valley, Ladakh. The archived version of this tweet can be accessed from this link http://archive.is/v1a04

Later on when many prominent verified twitter handles and other social media platforms made this pic viral then this official verified Twitter handle of the ABVP also known as Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad tweeted clarification about this viral picture.

The archived version of this tweet can be accessed from this link http://archive.is/w3P1L

Therefore in our investigation, it was found that the claims made about this viral picture were not correct.

Mohd Nadeem Siddiqui

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Mohd Nadeem Siddiqui

Author of 2 books and a former researcher on Homeland, Defence and National Security for last 10 years.Independent Fact Checker and busting fake news.