Misleading photo caption

Fake photo of AP used as police action on Kashmir protesters

Recently a photo allegedly depicting the police attack on women in Jammu and Kashmir has started making rounds on social media on the occasion of the central government amending Article 370 and declaring Jammu and Kashmir and Union Territories as Union Territories.

The caption said India’s terrorism in Kashmir has reached its climax. It was picked up by Pakistani national security analyst Jameed Hamid on Twitter asking Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan to tell Indian PM Narendra Modi to stop such acts. It has been widely shared as an evidence of the current situation in Kashmir. See the image and caption here:

However, Google reverse image has shown that the picture was not of Kashmir protester but that of a communist activist who was being removed by Andhra Pradesh police. The actual protest was held by the student wing of CPM, that is the Student Federation of India (SFI), who were on hunger strike over the closure social welfare hostels in Vijayawada on July 26, 2016 and it was posted by the CPI (M) on its official Twitter.

This is the original picture uploaded in July 2016 on Twitter

Moreover, at the first glance one familiar with the AP police badge can make out the difference between the J&K police badge and AP police badge on shoulder. Here is a comparative display of these badges:

AP vs J&K police badges

So, the picture was wrongly used to misinform people. The claim is rated under Totally False (?????).

About Arun Nag

Arun is with Digiteye India since the beginning as the main source for re-writing stories and for re-checking the facts and images. He writes on general and political issues. He can be reached at admin@digiteye.in or softmediahub@gmail.com

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