In the backdrop of nationwide farmers’ protest against Farm Bills which was passed by the Rajya Sabha by voice vote in the Monsoon Session of the Parliament, a picture of a protest is being shared on social media with a claim that it was taken recently.
“किसान बिल के विरोध में, ये आज की तस्वीर आपके चैनल ने दिख रही है क्या???” the caption read.
(Translation: Protest against the farm bill, this is today’s picture. Was this shown on your channels?)
Here’s the link to the above post.
The same picture was shared with a claim that it was taken recently in Jind, Haryana.
NewsMobile fact-checked the post and found the claim to be misleading.
The first thing we noticed was that not even a single person in the picture was wearing a mask or had covered his face with any material. And since we are in the middle of a pandemic, Government has advised everyone to wear a mask in public.
We put the picture through Reverse Image Search and found the same picture in an article by News Click, posted in September 2017.
According to the report, the picture was clicked in 2017 in Rajasthan after Akhil Bharatiya Kisan Sabha called a massive protest in the state demanding loan waiver, pension schemes and greater allocation for MNREGA.
The same was also posted by the official Twitter handle of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) on September 5, 2017.
— CPI (M) (@cpimspeak) September 5, 2017
CPI(M) also tagged the official Twitter handle of CPIM Sikar in the above tweet, implying that the picture is from Rajasthan.
On September 16, 2020, NewsMobile debunked a similar post in which another picture from the 2017 protest in Rajasthan was being shared as a recent one.
From the above fact check, we gathered the following points:
- The picture is from 2017 and has no correlation with any recent farmers’ agitation
- The picture is from Rajasthan and NOT Haryana
Hence, it can be concluded that the post in question is misleading.
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