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An old video of security forces allegedly using a human shield against stone pelters is being shared as a recent incident

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A video is being shared on social media with a claim that it is taken in Jammu and Kashmir on 16th August 2019. It is also being claimed that the Indian Army used four boys as human shields against the stone pelters. Let’s try to analyze the claim made in the post.

The archived version of the post can be found here.

Claim: On 16th August 2019, four boys were used as human shields by the Indian Army against the stone pelters in Jammu & Kashmir. 

Fact: It is an old video. All the major newspapers have written on this incident when the video went viral in June 2018. None of the official sources has confirmed the involvement of the Indian Army in this incident. Hence the claim made in the post is MISLEADING.

When the screenshots of the video were run through Google Reverse Image Search, it was found that the same video was tweeted by a journalist on his Twitter Account in June-2018. So, it can be concluded that it is an old video.

When searched for news articles on this issue, articles published by Jansatta, AajTak and Times of India on this incident in June-2018 can be found in the search results. None of the news reports confirmed the involvement of the Indian Army in the incident. In an article published by Scroll, it was found that the J&K police have denied their involvement whereas an Indian Army official said that they were trying to find out the facts.

To sum it up, an old video of security forces allegedly using a human shield against stone pelters is being shared as a recent incident

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