Video of police drill in Jharkhand circulates as armed forces shooting down Kashmiris

A video of policemen firing shots at a crowd was tweeted by a Twitter user @javaidShaikh with a message, “Warning: Graphic Content PG18+ Kashmiris shot down at point blank range in Indian Occupied Kashmir”. It has garnered more than 500 retweets after being posted on October 27.

Several individual users have also tweeted the same video with similar claims. Amer Khan, a Twitter handle from Pakistan had also tweeted the video saying, “Kashmiris shot down at point blank range, where is Pakistani liberal Mombati Brigade???? Gulalae Brothers????”.

Khurram N Gandapur, secretary general of the Pakistan Awami Tehreek party had also retweeted the same video.

Mock drill, not actual firing

The video is familiar. In July this year, it was circulated with a narrative that police was firing shots at farmers protesting for their demands in Mandsaur, Madhya Pradesh. However, Alt News found that it was representative of a mock drill conducted by Jharkhand police on October 31, 2017 in Khunti district.

Here is a video of the same drill from a different perspective and time-frame, which makes it clear that it was a simulation and NOT an actual incident.

Recently, a prominent Pakistani journalist Hamid Mir and some news channels in Pakistan had passed off a gruesome video of Pakistani SSG commando training claiming it to be representative of Kashmiris being tortured in India. Now, this is yet another video circulating with a completely false narrative and creating a propaganda vis-a-vis Kashmir in the Pakistani social media ecosystem. Social media users are tempted to share such videos which suit their political biases. It must be reiterated here that videos and images on social media are often contextualized to further a political agenda. Hence, it is incumbent on netizens to cross-check and verify such provocative content on social media.

Donate to Alt News!
Independent journalism that speaks truth to power and is free of corporate and political control is possible only when people start contributing towards the same. Please consider donating towards this endeavour to fight fake news and misinformation.

Donate Now

To make an instant donation, click on the "Donate Now" button above. For information regarding donation via Bank Transfer/Cheque/DD, click here.
You could follow Alt News posts either via our Facebook page or by following us on Twitter or by subscribing to our E-mail updates.


Subscribe to Alt News via Email

Enter your email address to subscribe to Alt News and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Send this to a friend