Khera tweeted a story from Dainik Bhaskar about Nepal occupying Indian land. | Twitter @pawankhera
Khera tweeted a story from Dainik Bhaskar about Nepal occupying Indian land. | Twitter @pawankhera
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New Delhi: Congress National Spokesperson Pawan Khera Monday quote-tweeted a news story about Nepal occupying 7,100 acres of land claimed by India.  

“Nepal is occupying our land and we are distributing the certificate of patriotism amongst ourselves in the country,” Khera said in Hindi.


Khera shared the image of Dainik Bhaskar’s front page which was tweeted by a user named ‘The Indian’. “Hello Modi ji, will you say something now?” the user had written.

Fact check

A closer look reveals that the front page story is not from today but from September 2018. Jansatta, too, had reported on this story in August that year. The report said Nepal has captured a chunk of land from Bihar’s West Champaran district, which included various forested and hilly areas. 

“The DM of this area, Dr. Nilesh Ramchandra Dewar says that this is an international issue, while DFO Gaurav Ojha believes that there is encroachment on the land,” Dainik Bhaskar had reported. 

While several Twitter users agreed with Khera’s view and retweeted his comment, others were quick to criticise the Congress leader for sharing a headline from 2018 as new development.


The youth wing of the Congress had also raised this issue in August 2020, referring to Dainik Bhaskar’s headline.

This is not the sole border dispute that currently exists between India and Nepal. Last year, former Nepal prime minister K.P. Sharma Oli had alleged that “India encroached Nepali territory” through occupying land in the disputed Kalapani area.

In collaboration with SM Hoaxslayer.

(Edited by Paramita Ghosh)

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