Fact Check: Picture Of People Demanding Khalistan Is NOT From Recent Farmers Protest; Here’s The Truth

A picture of a man holding a poster has gone viral all over social media claiming that the picture is from the ongoing farmer’s protest.

The poster read, “We want ‘KHALISTAN'”

The Facebook caption read, “কৃষক আন্দোলন”
(Google Translation: ‘Farmer’s movement’)

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FACT CHECK

NewsMobile fact-checked the above post and found it to be old and misleading.

With the help of keywords, ‘We want Khalistan’, we found the same picture on Facebook claiming that the picture is an old one and falsely linked with ongoing farmer’s protest.

Taking the clue, we performed a Reverse Image Search and found the same picture on Getty Images dated June 6, 2013, claiming that in the picture activists from various radical Sikh organisations held placards in support of Sikh leader Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale and Khalistan – the name given for the envisioned independent Sikh state – after prayers at Sri Akal Takht at the Golden Temple in Amritsar on June 6, 2013, on the occasion of ‘Ghallughara Diwas’ the 29th Anniversary of Operation Bluestar.

It is also stated that the gathering marked the 29th anniversary of Operation Bluestar, the assault on the Golden Temple complex by the Indian army in 1984 to arrest Sikh leader Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale and his militant followers who had initiated a movement for a separate Sikh state of Kahistan.

On digging further, we found the same picture on MEDIAFAX FOTO dated June 6, 2013, with the picture description read, “Activists from various radical Sikh organisations hold placards in support of Sikh leader Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale and Khalistan, the name is given for the envisioned independent Sikh state, after prayers at Sri Akal Takht at the Golden Temple in Amritsar on June 6, 2013, on the occasion of ‘Ghallughara Diwas’ the 29th Anniversary of Operation Bluestar. The gathering marked the 29th anniversary of Operation Bluestar, the assault on the Golden Temple complex by the Indian army in 1984 to arrest Sikh leader Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale and his militant followers who had initiated a movement for a separate Sikh state, a move linked to the eventual assassination of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. AFP PHOTO/NARINDER NANU”

Hence, with the help of the above information, it is clear that an old picture from 2013 is falsely linked with the ongoing farmer’s protest. Don’t fall for false and misleading claims.

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