Photos of three Indian soldiers are being shared on social media with a claim that they were martyred during the India-China face off at Galwan Valley.
Twitter account British Indians Voice posted the photos and identified the soldiers as Sepoy Lungambui Abonmei, Naik Gurcharan Singh and Habaldar Mathiazhagan P.
#BritishIndians salute 3 Indian 🇮🇳 Army soldiers who were Martyred in #IndiaChinaFaceOff, 🕉 OM SHANTI 💐 💐🙏🏻 Remem… https://t.co/1XewV4OxdW
— British Indians Voice (@BritIndianVoice) 1592306468000
“#BritishIndians salute 3 Indian Flag of India Army soldiers who were Martyred in #IndiaChinaFaceOff, 🕉 OM SHANTI Bouquet Bouquet🙏🏻 Remember them in your prayers (sic),” the tweet read.
These soldiers were martyred by Pakistan when the Pakistan Army resorted to unprovoked ceasefire violations on several occasions in the last couple of weeks.
During the India-China clashes at Galwan Valley, 20 Indian soldiers laid down their lives, not three.
VERIFICATION AND METHODOLOGY
We ran a reverse-image search on each one of the photos posted by the Twitter account above on Google search engine and found the origin.
The official Twitter handle of Northern Command, Indian Army (IA) on June 11, 2020 posted a tweet carrying the same image.
It paid tributes and saluted the supreme sacrifice of Naik Gurcharan Singh; who was martyred in an unprovoked firing by Pakistan Army in Rajouri sector on June 10, 2020.
#IndianArmy#LtGenYKJoshi, #ArmyCdrNC and all ranks salute the supreme sacrifice of Naik Gurcharan Singh; offer dee… https://t.co/hvFX7jCZQ5
— NorthernComd.IA (@NorthernComd_IA) 1591869024000
Another tweet from Northern Command, IA dated June 14, 2020 pays respects to the martyrdom of Sepoy Lungambui Abonmei, who was killed by Pakistan Army in Pooch sector across Line of Control (LOC) on June 13, 2020.
#IndianArmy#LtGenYKJoshi, #ArmyCdrNC and all ranks salute the supreme sacrifice of Sepoy Lungambui Abonmei; offer… https://t.co/yIsczmaxxg
— NorthernComd.IA (@NorthernComd_IA) 1592125474000
On June 5, 2020, Northern Command, IA paid tributes to Havaldar Mathiazhagan P, who was killed by Pakistan Army in Sunderbani sector.
#IndianArmy#LtGenYKJoshi, #ArmyCdrNC and all ranks salute the supreme sacrifice of Hav Mathiazhagan P; offer deepe… https://t.co/mCPoSbOlWo
— NorthernComd.IA (@NorthernComd_IA) 1591353084000
The entire list of 20 Indian soldiers who laid down their lives during clashes with soldiers of People’s Liberation Army of China on June 15, 2020 can be viewed here.
Times Fact Check has found that soldiers killed by Pakistan Army across LOC are being falsely shared as those martyred by China at Galwan Valley.