Social media users are sharing images of Naga Sadhus carrying swords. The images claim that they are protesting in support of former BJP spokesperson, Nupur Sharma, who sparked the controversy over remarks on Prophet Mohammad.
The image is shared with a caption: “नागा साधुओं ने भी #नुपुरशर्मा के समर्थन का ऐलान कर दिया हैं कल्पना करिये उस दृष्य ” का जब “18 लाख” नागा साधु सड़क पर उतरेंगे। महा तांडव आपका स्वागत है,हर हर महादेव” (English translation: “Naga sadhus have also announced their support for #NupurSharma… imagine the scene when “18 lakh” Naga sadhus will hit the road. Welcome to Maha Tandav, Har Har Mahadev.”)
The link to the post can be seen here.
When NewsMobile fact-checked the claim, it was found to be fake.
On doing a Google Reverse Image Search, we found the same image uploaded by a website Yatradha.com, dated May 13, 2020. The image claimed that it was of Kumbh Mela.
We also found the same image uploaded by the NewsLive.com website on April 12, 2021. The article associated with the image claimed that it was of believers who came to take a dip in Ganga during Kumbh Mela in Haridwar.
We found the same image was also uploaded by India TV, dated July 3, 2014, with a caption: “Naga sadhus asked to gather to confront Sai Baba followers.”
Another website — Abhishekhajela — had also uploaded the same image with a caption claiming that it was of Kumbh Mela.
Hence, we can ascertain that the viral claim is fake.
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