Search Results


No Result Found.

Jawans killed in Gadchiroli Naxalite attack were wrapped in cardboard boxes: No, this is an old image

  • Share


A picture on social media has gone viral with a claim that the Modi government has mistreated with the dead bodies of soldiers killed in the Gadchiroli Naxalite attack in Maharashtra.

Seeing the picture, some bodies are kept wrapped in the cardboard. Some soldier is also standing in the photo.

A  Facebook photo has been given in the post says that  Boxes appearing in garbage containers are showing in the photo some people's feet are visible in the side, who are wearing the army pants.

Another similar photo is being shared on Facebook to claim that dead bodies of brave policemen were wrapped in cardboard. The description of the post is as follows:

No, these aren't garbage boxes. 
These are dead bodies of our brave policemen who were killed in the ghastly #GadchiroliNaxalAttack 
This is how nationalist BJP treats our security forces. Their only motive is to milk such tragedies for the vote. Remember this when you vote.

Our Investigation

We did a reverse image search on Google and found that the image was shared by Former Northern Army commander Lt Gen (Retd) HS Panag, on 7 October 2017. His tweet reads:

 Seven young men stepped out into the sunshine yesterday, to serve their motherland. India. This is how they came home.

After that, on 8 October 2017 Punjabi Chief Minister Caption Amarinder Singh, and Gautam Gambhir also shared image and expressed displeasure over such behaviour with dead bodies of soldiers 2 years ago. 

Captain Amarinder Singh tweeted "Shocked to see bodies of 7 @IAF_MCC & @adgpi Tawang crash victims brought in cartons. Is this how we treat our brave men?"

It is clear that the photo is old and was taken during a helicopter crash in Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh in October 2017. Seven military personnel were killed in a helicopter crash in this incident, whose bodies were brought wrapped in the cardboard from the spot.

ON 8 October 2017 NDTV also showed in their channel that The soldiers - personnel from the Air Force and the Army -- had died on 6 October as an IAF Mi-17 chopper crashed at an altitude of nearly 17,000 feet in Tawang. 

Army's clarification

However, after this, the Army had said in its clarification that it is not possible to take such a load from the helicopter in the high altitude area. That is why the bodies of the martyrs had to be wrapped in the cardboard present at the time rather than the coffin. After reaching the Guwahati base hospital, the dead bodies were completely honoured in the coffin. This sentence was published prominently in the media.

Army also had issued a press release about the incident through the Press Information Bureau. In this press information bureau, the Army accepts the incident as a deviation.

Here is an excerpt

"Due to constraints of the carriage effort in high altitude area, the helicopter cannot carry a full load. Mortal remains were wrapped in available local resources instead of improvised body bags or coffins". 

FSo, it is clear that the photo shared on social media is not of the bodies of the soldiers killed in the Naxal attack of Gadchiroli. After this, we searched for the dead bodies of the policemen killed in the Naxal attack in Gadchiroli, we got a tweet from Times of India, in which the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Devendra Fadnav can be seen giving the last farewell to the dead soldiers.


The claim that the Modi government has mistreated with the dead bodies of soldiers killed in Gadchiroli Naxalite attack in Maharastra is false. This photo is two years old when seven Army jawans were killed in a helicopter crash in Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh.

The fallen soldiers always were given full military honour as tweeted by the official Twitter handle of Indian Army.


  • Share

Note: You can reach out to us at[at]gmail dot com if you find any issue with our articles.

Support Fact Hunt



{{comment.user.fname}} {{comment.user.lname}}, {{}}



Please Login or signup to share your views on this article

Other Rumours

A two-year-old video of Brazilian jets refuelling mid-air shared as Rafale jet
by Neel Kamal 2020-08-04 09:09:55.0
Bihar Congress shares an old image to target the Bihar Government over the current flood situation in the state
by Anubha Pandey 2020-08-04 08:44:00.0
Truth behind the viral video of a 'three-eyed' baby
by Anubha Pandey 2020-07-24 16:13:32.0
A video of a truck crashing into a helicopter is being falsely shared to be from India
by Anubha Pandey 2020-07-24 09:55:41.0
Unrelated image from Pakistan being falsely shared to show condition of schools in India
by Anubha Pandey 2020-07-24 08:28:19.0
No, Nepal has not shot down an Indian helicopter - the viral video is from Syria
by Neel Kamal 2020-07-06 18:58:08.0
Did former PM Manmohan Singh touch Sonia Gandhi's feet?
by Anubha Pandey 2020-06-17 10:28:37.0
Video from Bangladesh shared as RSS members insulting and stripping an old man
by Neel Kamal 2020-06-04 19:59:18.0
Congress spokesperson shared an old image from Nepal as 'truth of new India'
by Anubha Pandey 2020-05-20 14:59:06.0
A two-year-old video from China is being shared with a false claim that Zee News staff member assaulted a doctor
by Anubha Pandey 2020-05-20 11:33:20.0
An old picture of two kids on roads resurfaced on social media amid coronavirus crisis
by Anubha Pandey 2020-05-20 10:18:16.0
Old picture shared as Madarsa kids distributing water to migrant laborers on railway station
by Anubha Pandey 2020-05-19 14:47:27.0
An old picture from Kumbh Mela in Prayagraj shared as buses arranged by Congress for migrant laborers.
by FactHunt Admin 2020-05-18 14:22:10.0
A video of mob violence in Madhya Pradesh shared as communal riots in Delhi
by Himani Joshi 2020-04-21 15:33:25.0
Fact Check: Picture from Syria being shared to show violence in India
by Samyuktha Mirra 2020-03-10 12:07:42.0
Video of a group of man digging dead bodies shared with false claim that Muslims are being buried alive in India
by Samyuktha Mirra 2020-03-10 11:42:01.0
Two Years old picture of an injured child in Syria bomb blast viral in the name of Delhi Violence
by Himani Joshi 2020-03-05 04:43:52.0
10 years old picture of Bangladesh police hitting a child with a stick shared to show brutality by Delhi Police
by Himani Joshi 2020-03-01 17:42:22.0
An old image from 2017 shared with a false claim that Aamir Khan recently met Turkish President Erdogan
by Himani Joshi 2020-02-25 03:11:54.0
An old slum image from Mumbai is now going viral in the name of Gujarat
by Himani Joshi 2020-02-24 15:55:20.0

Mobile App

Available for Android


Subscribe to our newsletter to get notification about new fact checks, feature updates, etc..