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Claims of Indian police couple climbing the Everest might turn out to be fake!
The news about an Indian police couple of having scaled Mount Everest might turn out to be a fake. Nepal government has launched a probe to verify the claims made by the couple.

The couple, Dinesh Rathod and his wife, Tarakeshwari who are serving as constables in Pune Police, had claimed on June 5 that they had become the first Indian couple to scale the Everest on May 23.

On June 5, the couple had proudly told reporters at a press conference that they had put the plan to become parents on hold until they made the climb. "We were committed that we would not give birth to a child until we climb Mt Everest," Dinesh Rathod had said.

Nepal's Department of Tourism provides summit certificates to people who reach the top of the Everest. The accused couple had allegedly submitting doctored photos showing them on the top of world's highest peak and obtained the summit certificates.

However, there claims were contested by other climbers who said that the couple never reached the summit and had morphed the photographs to earn their climbing certificates. Satyarup Siddhantha, a climber from Bangalore, accused the couple of plagiarizing his summit photos which were taken when he scaled Everest on May 21, the Himalayan Times reported.

If the allegations against the couple are found to be true, the couple would lose their certificates and be banned from climbing any mountains in Nepal. After a group of mountaineers approached Pune Police and alleged that the two have faked their expedition, a probe was ordered in India to verify their claims.

Buzzfeed India uncovered evidence that one photograph posted to Dinesh Rathod's Facebook page (now deleted) had been previously published on another website and did not appear to feature the couple. It also noted that the couple appeared to be wearing different sets of kits & boots in the various photographs they shared.

PTI reported that Laxman Sharma, Chief at the Mountaineering Department under Nepal's Ministry of Tourism, said authorities are probing the Everest climb made by Rathore and his wife.

"The climbers have already returned to India and we have asked Makalu Adventure, the local agency that managed the expedition for clarification regarding the matter within 24 hours," he told PTI.

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