Amid the ongoing farmers’ protest, a video showing farmer leader Rakesh Tikait raising “Allahu Akbar” slogans at a rally is being widely shared on social media with a claim that it is from the recent Kisan Mahapanchayat which was held in Muzaffarnagar in Uttar Pradesh.
A Facebook user shared a 16-second long video clip with a caption that can be roughly translated to, “Tikait arrived in Muzaffarnagar Mahapanchayat, raised slogans of Allah Hu Akbar! Is this a farmers’ movement? Is this anti Modi-Yogi or support for something specific?” A ‘PunjabTak’ logo can also be seen in the clip.
( Original caption: मुजफ्फरनगर महापंचायत में पहुंचे टिकैत, लगायें अल्लाह हू अकबर के नारे! ये किसान आंदोलन है? ये मोदी- योगी का विरोध है या किसी विशेष चीज़ को समर्थन..???)
The video is being widely shared by several Facebook and Twitter users with a similar claim.
Posts carrying the viral video can be found here, here, and here.
NewsMobile fact-checked the above video and found it to be misleading.
On September 5, Rakesh Tikait and other farmers’ leaders joined the Kisan Mahapanchayat organized by Samyukt Kisan Morcha in Muzaffarnagar. Bharatiya Kisan Union’s leader Tikait was one of the key speakers at the event.
On checking the longer version of the video from the event posted by Punjab Tak we found that the viral video is a short clip taken from the same video.
At 11 minutes and 17 seconds into the video, one can hear Tikait making a statement in Hindi that can be translated to, “This government will try to instigate riots. Earlier too, when Tikait sahab was there, this slogan was raised Allahu Akbar Allahu Akbar.”
He further adds, “Allahu Akbar and Har Har Mahadev were always raised together from here. These slogans will be raised together in the future too. These people will try to divide us but we will keep on integrating.”
During the speech, Tikait indeed shouted “Allahu Akbar” but he urged farmers to shout “Har Har Mahadev” and “Allahu Akbar” together to show solidarity. Further in the video, Tikait said “Allahu Akbar” from the stage, both “Allahu Akbar” and “Har Har Mahadev” were heard from the crowd.
The same speech can also be found on Rakesh Tikait’s Facebook page.
Therefore, we can conclude that a cropped clip of farmer leader Rakesh Tikait reportedly raising “Allahu Akbar” slogans from Kisan Mahapanchayat in Muzaffarnagar is being shared with a misleading claim.
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