Video Of 'Oxygen Express' Train Falsely Shared As Aid From Pakistan

The viral clip shows an Indian Railways' Oxygen Express train leaving Kalamboli goods yard in Navi Mumbai for Visakhapatnam to be loaded with medical oxygen

A video showing an Indian Railways' Oxygen Express train with seven tankers leaving from Kalamboli goods yard in Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra for Visakhapatnam is being shared with a false claim that it shows medical aid arriving from Pakistan to India.

The viral clip is being shared in the backdrop of India facing the second COVID-19 wave with reports of shortage of oxygen cylinders for COVID-19 patients and healthcare facilities being overwhelmed in the country.

Also Read: Explained: Why Is There An Oxygen Crisis In India?

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan had expressed solidarity with India on April 24, 2021, and offered to provide India with ventilators and other relief items.

In the viral clip a train carrying tankers can be seen. The clip is being shared with the caption, "Oxygen tanker left Pakistan for India after #PM Imran Khan's announcement"

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Viral on Facebook

On searching on Facebook with the same caption we found that the clip was being shared with the false claim.


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FACT-CHECK

BOOM found that the viral clip shows an Indian Railways' Oxygen Express train with seven tankers leaving from Kalamboli goods yard in Navi Mumbai on April 19, 2021, to Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh where it will be loaded with medical oxygen for Maharashtra.

On performing a keyword search with the relevant keywords, we found news reports which stated that the Ro-Ro service with seven empty tankers had departed from Kalamboli goods yard for Visakhapatnam steel plant where it would be loaded with Liquid Medical Oxygen according to the Indian Railway Ministry.

The same shot of tankers loaded on the train from the viral clip can also be seen in this news report.

News report on the incident

Railways Minister Piyush Goyal on April 19, 2021, had tweeted the same clip stating that seven empty tankers departed from Kalamboli, Mumbai to Vizag, Andhra Pradesh to load liquid medical oxygen.

Additionally, we can also spot the same clip in this report by The Hindustan Times on the Oxygen Express train.


Also Read: Doctors, Patients' Kins Dispute Adityanath's Claim Of No Oxygen Shortage


Claim Review :   Clip shows oxygen tankers on a train arriving from Pakistan into India
Claimed By :  Facebook Posts
Fact Check :  False
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