Several social media users have posted a minute-long video of Indian army men hoisting a gigantic Sikh flag and chanting ‘Bole So Nihal Sat Sri Akal’. It has been claimed that the Sikh Regiment of the Indian army constructed a Gurudwara at the Indo-China border and installed a Sikh flag.

Twitter user @nandiniidnani69 posted this video. Since then it has gained over 4,000 views. Several other Twitter users have also posted this video.

Facebook page Sikh Voice posted this video with a similar claim in Punjabi. Its post was shared close to 10,000 times.

 

चाइना बॉर्डर पर सिख रेजिमेंट ने गुरुद्वारा बना दिया और निशान साहेब लगा दिया

ਜਿਹੜੇ ਦੱਲੀਆ ਤੇ ਗੋਦੀ ਮਿਡਿਆ ਨੂੰ ਬੜਾ ਦੁੱਖ ਲੱਗਾ ਸੀ 26 ਜਨਵਰੀ ਨੂੰ ਲਾਲ ਕਿਲੇ ਤੇ ਨਿਸ਼ਾਨ ਸਾਹਿਬ ਚੜਾਉਣ ਦਾ, ਉਹ ਹੁਣ ਰੋਣਾ ਪਿਟਣਾ ਕਰ ਸਕਦੇ ਨੇ, ਪਰ ਉਹਨਾਂ ਇਹ ਵਿਡਿਉ ਨਹੀ ਸੇਅਰ ਕਰਨੀ, ਜਾਗਦੀ ਜਮੀਰ ਵਾਲੇ ਜਰੂਰ ਸ਼ੇਅਰ ਕਰਨ ਗਏ

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Posted by Sikh Voice on Monday, 17 January 2022

Using social media monitoring tool, CrowdTangle, we found that close to 250 Facebook posts have made this claim along with the text ‘चाइना बॉर्डर पर सिख रेजिमेंट ने गुरुद्वारा बना दिया और निशान साहेब लगा दिया’ (The Sikh Regiment built a Gurdwara on the China border and installed a Nishan Sahib).

Alt News also received several requests to fact-check this claim on our official mobile application. (iOS and Android)

Video verification

Alt News reached out to a source in the Indian Army. The concerned officer said, “The location of the video is Gurudwara Pathar Sahib in Leh which is nowhere near the Indo-China border.” The screenshot from Google Maps below gives a perspective on how far the Gurudwara is from the borders.

We performed a keyword search on Google — ‘Gurudwara Pathar Sahib army install pole’ — and found a report by a website called Sher E Punjab Radio. Its report, published on October 25, 2021, stated that an 80 feet Nishan Sahib was recently installed at Gurdwara Pathar Sahib in Leh.

The report also included a video tweeted by BJP leader Manjinder Singh Sirsa on the same day. This video is longer than the one viral.

Thus, a video of Indian Army men installing a Sikh flag in Leh’s Gurudwara Pathar Sahib was shared with the false claim that the flag was hoisted on the Indo-China border.

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Archit is a senior fact-checking journalist at Alt News. Previously, he has worked as a producer at WION and as a reporter at The Hindu. In addition to work experience in media, he has also worked as a fundraising and communication manager at S3IDF.