Fact Check: Old Video Of Pakistani Cleric’s Funeral Viral As Crowd Gathered At Farmers’ Protest

A video with an aerial view of a crowd has gone viral on social media claiming that it shows a huge crowd gathered at Uttar Pradesh’s Muzaffarnagar Kisan Mahapanchayat. 

Multiple farmer organisations in India have been protesting against the three contentious Farm Laws ratified by the Centre in September 2020. The Samkyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) called for a Kisan Mahapanchayat in Muzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh on September 5, 2021.  

The video is being shared on Facebook with a caption in Hindi that translates to, “Kisan Mahapanchayat.” 

(Original Text: किसान महापंचायत) 

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NewsMobile fact-checked the above claim and found it to be FALSE. 

We extracted keyframes from the video using the InVid tool and did a Reverse Image Search. This led us to a YouTube channel that had uploaded the same viral video on November 21, 2020. The video description read, “Live view of Janaza khadim Hussain Rizvi.” 

On searching further, we found a similar video uploaded on the official YouTube channel of ‘24 News HD’ on November 21, 2020. The video description reads, “More Than 2 Lac World Attendees At Khadim Rizvi Funeral.” 

We then did a keyword search and found many articles published in November 2020 that had reported the same event. One of the articles reads, “In Lahore, tens of thousands of maskless mourners gathered in Lahore on Saturday for the funeral of hardline Pakistani cleric Khadim Hussain Rizvi, who for years terrorised the country’s religious minorities, incited riots and advocated the destruction of European nations.” Check a related news article here

Thus, it is evident from the above information that a drone shot of a Pakistani cleric’s funeral is being falsely shared as a huge crowd gathered at UP’s Muzaffarnagar Kisan Mahapanchayat. Therefore, the viral claim is FALSE. 



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