Old video from Nicaragua falsely viral as Indian army shot civilians in Nagaland in self-defense – Alt News

Old video from Nicaragua falsely viral as Indian army shot civilians in Nagaland in self-defense – Alt News


On December 4, a special unit of the army mistakenly opened fire at a pick-up van carrying coal miners from the Tiru area to their village in Nagaland’s Mon district around 5 pm. The Hindu reported at least 15 civilians and one soldier were killed. Two days later, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) took suo-motu cognizance of the incident.

Against this backdrop, a former defence officer and life coach A K Naithani tweeted a video that shows two civilians with knives threatening men in the armed forces. In the video, we see the troops firing precautionary shots.

When a user asked if the video is from Nagaland, Naithani responded saying, “I have no reason to believe it not being so.”

Twitter user MJ Augustine Vinod, whose bio reads ‘Group Captain (retd)’, tweeted Naithani’s video and blamed civilians for provoking the army in Nagaland to shoot for self-defence. Twitter user Capt Alok Tyagi shared the video with a similar claim.

BJP leader and Karnataka minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar liked Vinod’s tweet.

Alt News has received several requests to fact-check this claim on our WhatsApp helpline number (+91 76000 11160). The accompanying message is attributed to an army officer “explaining” the civilian deaths.

Old video from Nicaragua

Alt News performed a reverse image search of the video’s keyframes and found that it was aired in 2018 by Nicaragua-based news outlet Noticias Caracol TV.

As per the report, the incident took place at Hacienda Miraflores, located in the rural area of ​​Corinto in the province of Chinandega. Columbia-based media outlets Movimiento MAIS and Pulzo reported on the incident. MAIS had also uploaded the viral video in 2018 and stated that the incident took place at Corinto.

Therefore, a video from Nicaragua was shared to justify the death of 15 civilians killed by the Indian army in Nagaland.

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