Fact Checked: Old Images of Protest Against PM Modi Falsely Shared As Recent One From Ajmer in Rajasthan

In the wake of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent visit to Rajasthan, a few images with anti-Modi slogans are doing the rounds on social media with, claiming that they are from Ajmer, Rajasthan.

The images are shared with a caption: राजस्थान अजमेर की धरा पे कुछ इस तरह स्वागत की झलकियां – धन्यवाद अजमेर 🇮🇳 #modi_Go_back #मोदी_वापस_भागो

Here’s the link to the above post.


NewsMobile fact-checked the post, and found the claim to be FALSE. We checked both images separately and found the following.

Image 1

With a simple Reverse Image Search on the first image, we traced an article by The Economic Times, dated February 10, 2019, mentioning that the image is from a protest in Andhra Pradesh.

The image was also used in articles by The News Minute and Time Now in 2019, informing that the image is from a protest in Andhra Pradesh ahead of PM Modi’s visit.

Thus, it is clear that the image is old and not a recent one from Rajasthan.

Image 2

Putting the second picture through Google Reverse Image Search, we spotted the same image shared by a user on Twitter, dated January 11, 2020, claiming that this it is from West Bengal.

With the help of the keywords ‘Go Back Modi’ ‘Road’ ‘Kolkata’ and ‘Graffiti’, we found a similar picture of graffiti on Getty Images, dated January 12, 2020.

The picture description reads: People protest against Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit in Kolkata, India. Graffiti is on a blocked road during a protest on January 12, 2020. Modi is to take part in the 150 years celebration of the Kolkata Port Trust and also rededicate three heritage buildings to the people of the city. Modi’s visit also sparked off protests by the CPI(M) and Congress and student organisations in different parts of the city. Various organisations took to the streets, carrying black flags and posters saying ‘Go Back Modi’. (Photo by Samir Jana/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

On digging further, we found an article on TOI, dated January 13, 2020, about people protesting against CAA with slogans painted on roads in Kolkata. Other news articles in India Today, Aljazeera and National Herald also reported that people protested against CAA-NRC when PM Modi visited West Bengal.

Hence, it is clear that old images are shared with false claims.

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