Fact Check: Is Shaheed Udham Singh in this old photograph?

Fact Check: Is Shaheed Udham Singh in this old photograph?

Today is the death anniversary of Shaheed Udham Singh, a revolutionary belonging to the Ghadar Party, who shot dead Punjab’s former Lieutenant Governor Michael O’ Dwyer in London on March 13, 1940, for orchestrating the bloody Jallianwala Bagh massacre in Amritsar. He was hanged to death on July 31, 1940.

Paying tribute to the great revolutionary, a picture is doing rounds on social media claiming that he is featured in the photograph along with others.

This picture has been shared on the Facebook page Support for BJP claiming that it features Shaheed Udham Singh.

The Facebook caption read, “21 साल के इंतज़ार के बाद जलियाँवाला बाग़ के घृणित नरसंहार के औपनिवेशिक अपराधी जनरल डायर को, हिंदुस्तानी हौसले का स्वाद, उसी के मुल्क में जाकर, उसकी छाती में चार गोलियाँ उतार कर चखाने वाले नरनाहर, शेर ए हिंदुस्तान, शहीद ऊधम सिंह को पुण्यतिथि पर सादर प्रणाम ! #udhamSingh

(English Translation, “After 21 years of waiting, colonial criminal General Dyer who steered the Jallianwala Bagh massacre got the taste of Indian courage when our hero went to his country and pumped four bullets in his chest. Tribute to Narnahar, Sher e Hindustan, Shaheed Udham Singh on his death anniversary! #udhamSingh”)

This post was also shared on Twitter with similar claims.

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NewsMobile fact-checked the above post and found the claims to be FALSE.

On putting the picture through Google Reverse Image Search, we found this picture in an article on Pamplin Media dated September 19, 2013.

The caption below the picture states that it is a photo by Kesar Singh.

Also, second from the right in the picture, is Sohan Singh Bhakna, who was arrested and jailed for his role in the Ghadar Partys abortive revolt against British rule in India. The former St. Johns mill worker, a major organizer and leader of the party, is shown in the picture dating back to 1938, shot at Amritsar Railway Station.

Another article on American Turban also claims that it is the picture of Sohan Singh Bhakna.

This article claims that it is the picture of a group of labourers from Punjab who demanded justice for attacks on the Sikh community by racist mobs in 1910 and not of Udham Singh of Jallianwala Bagh Massacre.

On digging further, we Google Searched the picture of Udham Singh that did not match with the faces of the revolutionaries, posted on the Facebook post above.

In conclusion, we can conclude that the picture posted on social media is not of Shaheed Udham Singh but it is the picture of a group of labourers from Punjab who demanded justice for attacks on their community by racist mobs in 1910.

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