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Pune police couple morphed photos of Everest climb, say mountaineers

BySnigdhendu Bhattacharya and Yogesh Joshi
Jun 30, 2016 09:54 AM IST

KOLKATA/PUNE: Two mountain climbers from Kolkata alleged on Wednesday a Pune police couple morphed old photographs atop Mount Everest to claim that they scaled the world’s highest summit, the latest twist in a scandal that has rocked India’s mountaineering community.

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Pune residents Dinesh Rathod and wife Tarakeshwari, both police constables, grabbed headlines in May after they claimed to have climbed Everest, the first Indian couple to accomplish the feat. But controversy engulfed the couple soon after, with eight Pune mountaineers pointing out discrepancies in photos that the Rathods claimed to have clicked atop Everest. They alleged the couple never made it to the summit.

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Kolkata resident Satyarup Siddhanta alleged Tarakeshwari took a photo showing him atop the mountain and photoshopped her face onto the image. Another photo showing the couple on top of Everest was originally a snap of Siddhanta and his climbing partner Malay Mukhopadhyay, he alleged.

“This is so so so amazing!!!!!! They took my pix and photoshopped their image of summit... and got certificates too... Where is mountaineering going!!!!! Shame on you officers from Pune,” Siddhanta said.

Pune police commissioner Rashmi Shukla has set up an inquiry to check the authenticity of Rathod’s claim. “Decision about the action will be taken once the inquiry report is submitted,” said Shukla. The couple hasn’t reported back on duty from the leave taken for the expedition.

Rathod refused to comment and said he submitted all details to the authorities, including a certificate issued by Nepal authorities.

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