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Old pictures of Naxalite attack in Chhattisgarh are currently shared as Jharkhand

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Some pictures have become increasingly viral on social media in which some vehicles are on fire in the pictures. It is being claimed that Naxalite attacks have started in Jharkhand as soon as the BJP lost the assembly election in Jharkhand.

A Facebook user Shashi Shekhar Prasad shared three pictures of burning vehicles with a claim that "Naxalite attacks are on the rise after the BJP government lost the election. Naxalites burnt crores of machines in mines. Make BJP lose and see the country burning".

The picture received 46 likes and more than 1,000 shares at the time of writing this article.

Our Investigation

After doing a reverse image search, we found that the claim being made with the pictures going viral is misleading. Of the three photographs going viral, two are from Chhattisgarh and one from Maharashtra. However, all three pictures are of the Naxalite attack but have nothing to do with Jharkhand.

First Picture

We found the first picture on a news report of Zee News published on 24 November 2019. According to the report "Six vehicles, including four tractors, one JCB machine, and a motorcycle were allegedly set ablaze by Naxalites near Madonar village in Narayanpur district of Chhattisgarh. According to SP Mohit Garg, the vehicles were being used for the construction of roads in the area.

Second Picture 

According to a report of Zee news published on 24 November 2019 in which the same picture is used. The second picture is of the same day from Dantewada in Chattishgarh were Naxals torched nine vehicles, including six dumpers and a JCB at the SP-3 plant area. According to IG Bastar, P Sundarraj, the Naxals dressed as farmers held all the drivers of vehicles as hostages and torched the vehicles engaged in road construction work. The SP-3 plant area falls under the Kirandul police station area.

Third Picture

The third picture is from the Gadchiroli district of Maharastra. The report of News Nation published on May 1, 2019 has used the same picture. According to the report, 27 vehicles belonging to a road construction company were torched by Maoists at Kurkheda in the Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra, the police said. The incident took place early in the day when the state was getting ready to celebrate Maharashtra Divas. The targeted vehicles mostly belonged to Amar Infrastructures Ltd. and were engaged in construction works for the Purada-Yerkad sector of NH 136 near Dadapur village.

However, it is true that even after the formation of a new government in Jharkhand on 30 December 2019, such incidents have happened. According to an article published on January 1, 2020 by News18, two days after the new government was formed, Naxalites attacked a railway construction site in Jharkhand's Latehar district and set fire to several vehicles, as well as firing heavily. Police are currently investigating the case.


The pictures of burning vehicles going viral on social media have nothing to do with Jharkhand. These pictures are of Naxalite attacks in Chhattisgarh and Maharashtra.

However, it is true that even after the formation of a new government in Jharkhand on 30 December 2019, such incidents have happened.


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