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Fact Check: AI Image Viral As Photo Of Rescuers Who Successfully Evacuated 41 Workers From Tunnel


Indian rescuers have achieved a remarkable feat by safely bringing out all 41 workers who were trapped in a collapsed Himalayan road tunnel for 17 days. Meanwhile, many verified social media handles and mainstream media shared an image of the tunnel rescue operation claiming it showed group photos of rescuers

A Facebook user shared this image and wrote, “उत्तराखंड के उत्तरकाशी में सिल्क्यारा टनल में फंसे श्रमवीरों की सकुशल वापसी मानवता और टीम वर्क की एक अद्भुत मिसाल है। ये अदम्य इच्छाशक्ति और साहस से भरपूर। ये नया भारत अपने नागरिकों को बचाने के लिए जी-जान झोंक देता है। रेस्क्यू टीम एवं समस्त श्रमवीरों का आत्मीय अभिनंदन। आपका साहस और धैर्य हर किसी को प्रेरित कर रहा है। मैं आप सभी की कुशलता और उत्तम स्वास्थ्य की कामना करता हूं। इस बचाव अभियान से जुड़े सभी लोगों के जज्बे को सलाम।”

[English Translation: The safe return of labourers trapped in the Silkyara Tunnel in Uttarkashi, Uttarakhand is a wonderful example of humanity and teamwork.
He is full of indomitable will and courage. This new India sacrifices its life to save its citizens. Heartfelt congratulations to the rescue team and all the workers. Your courage and patience are inspiring everyone. I wish you all well and good health. Salute to the spirit of all the people associated with this rescue operation.]

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News outlets like Dainik Bhaskar, and The News Indian Express shared this image mentioning “Rescue officials pose for group photos after the successful evacuation.”

Ex-IB and Sports minister Rajyavardhan Rathore also shared this image in his tweet.

It is being widely shared on Facebook and Twitter with a similar claim.


NewsMobile fact-checked the above claim, and found it to be FALSE.

We first observed the viral image and noticed several errors that suggest the possibility of the image being AI-generated. A closer examination of the image reveals blurry eyes, inconsistent facial features, and deformed fingers.

The Actual photos and footage of the aftermath of this rescue operation can be seen below.

On searching more, we came across a tweet by X account @Exclusive_Minds carrying several AI-generated images including the viral image. We also came across a reply by the same handle indicating that the images are AI-generated.

Thus, it is evident from the above information that the viral image is AI-generated.

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