Viral claim of China killing 158 Indian jawans is a three-year-old fake

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Amid the ongoing India – China border standoff, a viral post, along with an image of army vehicles on fire, is going viral on social media with the claim that 158 Indian soldiers were killed in a rocket attack by the Chinese army in Sikkim.

An image is being shared with the two different captions: “Clashes erupted btw #Indian and #Chinese forces in Naku La sector of North Sikkim” and #158 Security Forces of India got killed in Disastrous Rocket Launcher attack by China in Sikkim. #IndianMediaHidingThisNews”.





With the keywords search, we fond that the viral image was used several times along with three other images since July 2017 by several Pakistani media.

During the Doklam stand-off between India and China in 2017, several Pakistani media aired these images along with similar fake news back then that “Chinese cross border rocket attack kills 158 Indian soldiers.”


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Both India and China had dismissed the Pakistani reports as fake news. Media also reported that the Indian government confirmed that the viral pictures were unrelated and fake.

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We could not find the original source and details about the viral picture. But it is confirmed that the three-year-old viral picture has falsely linked to the present Indo-China standoff.

Since there is no news from both the countries and there is no such report which confirms that any Indian soldier has lost his life during the recent crisis, this confirms that the viral claim about the killing of 158 Indian soldiers by the Chinese army is also false.



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Shweta Jamsandekar

An aspiring journalist from Symbiosis institute of media and communication.