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Fact Check: Old video of Khalistan supporters linked to ongoing farmers’ protest

A video showing a group of men chanting pro-Khalistan, pro-Pakistan and anti-Modi slogans is going viral on social media with the claim that it is a scene from the farmers’ protest. However, the video is from the ICC World Cup 2019 in the United Kingdom.


Dheeshma Puzhakkal
Dheeshma Puzhakkal

New Delhi
November 29, 2020
UPDATED: November 29, 2020 15:46 IST



Several politicians, including Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar, have alleged the presence of Khalistani separatists in the farmers’ agitation. (Photo for representation: PTI)

Thousands of farmers are camping near Delhi, trying to make their way into the Capital, in protest against the new farm laws. Several politicians, including Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar, have alleged the presence of Khalistani separatists in the farmers’ agitation.
In this context, a video showing a group of men chanting pro-Khalistan, pro-Pakistan and anti-Modi slogans is going viral on social media with the claim that it is a scene from the farmers’ protest. The men, some of whom are wearing turbans, are also seen holding Pakistani flags and Khalistani banners.
The Hindi caption along with one such 15-second video translates to, “Raising anti-Modi slogans can be understood, but why slogans in favour of Pakistan and Khalistan? Is it farmers’ protest or Khalistani terror?”

India Today Anti Fake News War Room (AFWA) has found that the video is from the ICC World Cup 2019 in the United Kingdom.
The archived versions of similar posts can be seen here, here and here.

AFWA probe
Using InVID tool and appropriate keywords, we found a clearer version of the same video uploaded by a Twitter user on June 30, 2019. In this version of the video, it can be seen that the men are raising slogans from a gallery in a stadium.

Taking a cue from this, we searched the Internet further and found the same video in a report uploaded by ANI on its official YouTube channel. The caption of the video says, “Sikhs in the UK denounce pro-Khalistan slogans during World Cup matches”.
According to the video description, some Sikhs, along with Pakistan fans, had raised pro-Khalistan and pro-Pakistan slogans during ICC World Cup 2019 matches in the UK. Here is a screengrab from the ANI report.




As per news reports, this particular incident took place during a Pakistan vs Afghanistan match on June 29, 2019.
We also found media reports on similar instances where anti-India and pro-Khalistan slogans were raised at various grounds during the ICC World Cup 2019. Many of the protesters were evicted from the stadiums.
Hence, it is clear that the viral video is over a year old and from the United Kingdom. It has nothing to do with the ongoing farmers’ protest.


INDIA TODAY FACT CHECK

ClaimVideo shows protesting Sikh farmers chanting pro-Khalistan and pro-Pakistan slogans.ConclusionThis video is from the ICC World Cup 2019 in the United Kingdom.

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Fact Check: Did cops nab Muslim SDPI activist disguised as Sikh in farmers' protest?

A video of policemen removing the turban of a man has gone viral with the claim that a Muslim disguised as a Sikh was apprehended in Haryana. India Today Anti Fake News War Room (AFWA) has found that the video is from 2011.



Chayan Kundu
New Delhi
December 1, 2020
UPDATED: December 1, 2020 00:06 IST



(Screengrab of the viral video)

Amid the ongoing farmers' protest near Delhi, a video of policemen removing the turban of a man has gone viral with the claim that a Muslim disguised as a Sikh has been apprehended in Haryana.
Several Facebook users posted the 13-second video on November 30 with the caption, "Lofer Nazir Mohammed an SDPI worker, dressed as a Sardarji in farmers strike in Hariyaana is arrested this morning."


India Today Anti Fake News War Room (AFWA) has found that the video is from 2011. The man is a Sikh who was apprehended while taking part in a protest by retrenched veterinary employees in Punjab's Mohali.
The archived versions of the posts can be seen here, here and here.
Old video revived
We found through keyword search that the video was uploaded by several YouTubers in 2011. Website "sikhnet.com" had also written about the incident. All of them reported that the incident took place on March 28, 2011, near PCA Stadium in Punjab's Mohali.


We looked for related news reports and found that The Times of India and The Indian Express had covered the incident at that time. According to these reports, the incident was the fallout of a standoff between protesting rural veterinary pharmacists and Punjab police near Mohali's PCA Stadium. The protest took place on March 28, 2011 - two days before the high-voltage ICC World Cup semi-final between India and Pakistan at Mohali stadium.
According to "The Indian Express", at around 12.45 pm on that day, hundreds of retrenched veterinary pharmacists, who were already in an indefinite protest seeking restoration and regularisation of their services, began marching towards the stadium. Police tried to disperse the crowd forcefully when they tried to enter the high-security zone.
United Sikhs, a global organisation of the community, had filed a complaint against Punjab police before the Mohali judicial magistrate for removing a Sikh youth's turban. On March 31, 2011, The Times of India had reported that two gazetted officers of Punjab police - an SP and an SHO - were suspended over the incident.
Late last year, AFWA had published a fact-check article when the same video went viral falsely linking it to the anti-CAA protests.
Hence, it is clear that the viral video of police removing a man's turban has nothing to do with the ongoing farmers' protest near Delhi. The video is from 2011 and the man was not a Muslim but a Sikh.


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Fact Check: Were Pro-Khalistani supporters shouting 'Congress Zindabad' in INC event



Summary

Some Khalistani supporters gate-crashed the INC event Indian Overseas Congress UK Mega Conference and raised anti-India and pro-Khalistan slogans.



It's often said to believe your eyes not ears, but when it comes to social media both can mislead. A twitter user helped us to track a false propaganda video targetting Congress party. In the video, some people can be heard shouting "Congress Zindabaad" while slogan "Hindustan Murdabaad" can also be heard the same time. The video targetted Congress by saying 'why do all breaking India forces always support Congress'.

You can watch the video being circulated on social media here

Fact Check:
While the video shared is not doctored but the claim is false. The video is of August 2018 when Rahul Gandhi was about to deliver the inaugural address at the Indian Overseas Congress UK Mega Conference. Few Khalistani supporters who had bypassed the security and gatecrashed the event started shouting “Khalistan Zindabad”. According to TOI, they were angry at Rahul Gandhi's remark on the 1984 riots. Earlier Rahul has said, the anti-Sikh riots were a “tragedy” and “a painful experience”, but added that the Congress was not involved in them.


The people in the event started a counter-chant of 'Congress Zindabad' and all the confusion in the video is based on that. The Khalistan supporters who had refused to leave the event were later escorted out by the police.
The news was also reported by several news channels during that time namely India Today, TOI, The Indian Express.

Conclusion :
Indeed the video is true but the group of people chanting 'Congress Zindabad' are different from the group shouting 'Hindustan Murdabad'. In fact, both the groups are chanting against each other not supporting each other. The claim that they are supporters of Congress or they are supporting Congress is false.
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Some Khalistani supporters gate-crashed the INC event Indian Overseas Congress UK Mega Conference and raised anti-India and pro-Khalistan slogans.

 
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