Fact Check: No, This Video Does NOT Show Vandalism After Prime Minister’s Rally in Meerut

A video of some people vandalising a stage has gone viral on social media claiming there was widespread vandalism post Prime Minister’s rally and meeting in Meerut in Uttar Pradesh.

“मेरठ में प्रधानमंत्री की सभा समाप्ति के बाद दिहाड़ी के लिए लट्ठम लट्ठ।” the facebook post read.

(English Translation: Vandalism for daily wages after the meeting of the Prime Minister in Meerut)

Here’s the link to the above post.


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

Using the InVid tool, we extracted keyframes from the video and performed a Reverse Image Search. This search directed us to a YouTube video which featured the same viral footage on January 10, 2021, with the description, “Farmers broke the stage of CM Khattar in Karnal, see live photos.” This clearly means that the video is old and cannot be related to recent developments surrounding farm laws. 

Another YouTube channel carried the same viral video with the description, “In CM Manohar Lal Khattar’s programme, the farmers resorted to lathicharge.” The video was uploaded on January 10, 2021. 

Taking a cue from this, we did a keyword search and found a video news report published by IndiaTV on January 10, 2021, on the same incident. The video description reads, “Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar’s Kisan Mahapanchayat program has been cancelled after a clash between protesting farmers and police in Haryana’s Karnal. Police lathi-charged, used water cannons on protesting farmers protesting Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar’s program in Karnal.”

Many other news outlets including AajTak and The Indian Express also covered the same incident in January 2021. 

Thus, it is evident from the above information that an old video is being shared with false claims. 

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