Major Gaurav Arya, Republic TV’s Defence and Strategy advisor, has fallen for a fake viral image. Via his Twitter account, Gaurav Arya circulated the picture of a bloodied man claiming him to be a victim of lathi-charge by West Bengal (WB) Police against supporters of Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GFM). In reality, the person who’s image he circulated had passed away in March 2017.

The background to this issue is the lathi-charge on GJM supporters by West Bengal police as reported by Hindustan Times (HT) on June 9. According to HT, after the announcement by West Bengal Govt that Bengali would be taught compulsorily up to Class 10 in state schools, GJM supporters came out in thousands to oppose this diktat. In order to curb the agitation and disperse the mob, West Bengal police had resorted to lathi-charge and fired tear gas shells. Several people including policemen were injured in these clashes.

As it invariably happens these days, a misleading image of a bloodied man was circulated on social media after the clashes between the protestors and West Bengal Police. Major Gaurav Arya who has joined the crony channel Republic TV as Advisor, Defence and Strategy, posted the same viral image on his Twitter account with the message, “@MamataOfficial Please treat Gurkhas of Darjeeling with respect & honour. You have seen them in peace. You are very fortunate.

Major Gaurav Arya: @MamataOfficial Please treat Gurkhas of Darjeeling with respect & honour. You have seen them in peace. You are very fortunate.

In a recent story on this issue, Quint had helpfully pointed out that the picture is actually that of Col DK Rai, who commanded the 6/8 Gorkha Rifles. Only, Col Rai passed away on 29 March 2017. He was attacked by the police during the Gorkhaland protest in 2008 and Buddhadeb Bhattacharya, the veteran CPI(M) leader, was the chief minister of West Bengal at that point of time.

This image was initially made viral by many accounts on Facebook and Twitter. One of the prominent accounts which tweeted this misleading picture in the context of the clash between GJM supporters and WB Police was that of Prashant Patel (@ippatel) who is a lawyer in Delhi High Court.


Prashant Patel has been caught circulating fake images even in the past. For eg, once he circulated an image of a cow head from Fez Medina in Morocco and claimed it was from Kolkata in a Tweet that said, “Begum Mamta Bano is celebrating #Eid and Cows are slaughtered in Kolkata.

Prashant Patel circulates fake image

This image was also posted both by the fake news site PostCard’s Facebook Page and by the founder of this site, Mahesh Vikram Hegdge. Postcard was earlier caught spreading a fake video about West Bengal.


Other account that made this image viral is a fake Facebook account with the name Ronnie Patel, with a Facebook username ‘momdad357‘, claims to be a “Lt. Colonel from the Indian Arms forces” and sports pictures of Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw in the featured images section on its profile.

Please share it with al so to reach PMO. This is how we treat our brave Gorkhas who are our life line in the forefront of any battle with our enemies. This ex army Man is the Gorkha who fought brilliantly against Pakistan in 71 & against Chinese in 62. This is the height of intolerance now either That bitch banerjee must resign. She should not forced us to take up arms in our hands the day we take up arms in our hands not a single bastards & bitches will remain alive. Share it with lakhs of your followers so as to reach the demoness Banerjee.

It cannot be denied that there have been many civilian injuries in protests in West Bengal due to WB police’s heavy-handed approached, with both Left and BJP crying foul about the same. However, circulating fake images as representation of these events can never be acceptable.

After the last major BJP rally in West Bengal, official BJP West Bengal Twitter and Facebook accounts had circulated the image of a man who had died the previous day in a road accident as that of a protestor injured during police action. Thus, continues the saga of fakery in the Indian social media ecosystem.

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14 Comments on "Major Gaurav Arya circulates a fake image as evidence of lathi-charge by West Bengal Police"

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When low iq sanghi’s do this type of photoshoping & hate-mongering most of us know ,they are scums of lowest order & the circulated material is fake,but when a Major,a SC lawyer does it India is doomed.

A sen

these overhyped people like maj Sharna are useless.

Raju rai

Agreed he passed away couple of months ago….. But u cannot deny the fact that… Col RAI and many Ex service men were brutally beaten up by West Bengal Police couple of year ago… During the peace process.. For a separate state Gurkha land…. Please do not mislead…. Really appreciate if u research before writing/Publishing such article… Thanks


@raju rai….when u accepted that the post circulated by lowly life of sangh-eee…then why to blame the present govt for the misdeeds of previous govt.. please stop inflicting ur rotten ideas and opinion on public forums because its quite sure the stench smell of sangh-eee is coming from you too….


who can be more filthy and more disgusting at sight than an orange bearded mulla !!!??? islam , its ‘prophet’ and all the medieval islamic barbarians and the terrorists remind the humanity of lowest of the low scums that it can ever produce

C R Babu

An orange bearded mullah is shade better than saffron clad yogi.

And what you are doing there? Your people beheaded IRB Jawan still no issues, when your leaders killed Binay Tamang in open day light still no issue. If people in J&K kills Jawans then tie them in jeep and when gorkha in WB kills Jawans then that is still no issues. You are also should be treated as J&K people you are worse than that. Who hell you are dare to ask for your land, refugees? If you need your land go to Nepal or hell we don’t care but stop doing nonsense in WB. Khare hona allow kia to… Read more »
tero twoko

abey gandu bangali, go back to your Bangladesh.

Hizre ke gand se nikla madarchod apne hizra maa ke gand mein ghuske khujli kar. Burbak chutya..You go back to Nepal…Uhase bhi to lath marke te logo lo nikala jo abhi Gurung ge gand mein ghus ke baitha hain madarchod Nepali chutiya…Chutiyo ko sala naukar banake laya angrezo nein bahenchod sir pe char gaya bhikamangu chor.. Tere Gurnug khal udher ke bahenchod girdho ko khilayege…Madarchod tere Gurung ko aur sathmein tujhe madarjat Hill Cart road pe nanga daurange..betichod abhi Gurung madari ka bachha kya tere hizda maa gand mein ghuske goo chat raha hain kaya kutte ki aulad..Sala Chor ka… Read more »

ou Blind Bhaktagiri eyed modern Dhritrashtra, You never intend to hear and see the truth, just want to see the Bnad Baja Baarat with BJP/RSS, soon the Dhols of these Band Baja gonna Burst, no other parties dose the faking like BJP/RSS goons does so you can not find one against other parties, its your BJP which runs army of fake Majors, Generals, netizens, but for blind eye even dark night is sunny day, right?…Moron, get a life and get your eye checked


The nature & manner of Defence Analysis on #Republic raises questions on how certain people pass the Officer’s Test? Somehow, it seems in many cases such Tests are arbitrary. I feel some street smart dull rogues are really getting absorbed. NDA / CDS Exam standard must be elevated . On this note, this sort North Indians doesn’t have head, they have horns. Tell me about any Gorkha with a valid plan against #ISIL? Courage comes from scrutiny, dumb ass can only waste ammunition. These G****** are only fit for selling new dogs in Yulin Festival. Moron Warriors! 😀

C R Babu

Maj Arya is let down for the services by stooping so low to put fake news. Army is much above politics and credibility of forces is affected by such low publicity seekers.

Sunit bhardwaj

Yeaahhh basically he is pointing west bengal administrationand givt which is used to such derogatory jobs and continuous ideological draining of admin and govt


can’t I use the same Image to claim “an army veteran lathichrged during the protest of OROP at jantar mantar. can’t I …. I am faking genius. I should own a media group