A video is being shared on social media claiming that in a Kisan Andolan rally, farmers are raising ‘Kashmir will become Pakistan’ and ‘Punjab will become Khalistan’ slogans. Amid the ongoing farmers protest over the new farm bills implemented by the Government of India, this post is going viral on social media. Let’s verify the claim made in the post.
Claim: Farmers chanting pro-Pakistan slogans in a protest rally against the new farm bills.
Fact: Video shared in the post is an old one. In 2015, a group of Sikh protestors conducted a rally at Baramulla protesting the desecration of the Sikh holy book in Punjab. This video has nothing to do with the ongoing farmers protest over the new farm bills implemented by Government of India. Hence, the claim made in the post is FALSE.
On reverse image search of the screenshots in the video, similar visuals were found in a video posted by ‘The Kashmir Pulse’ YouTube channel on ‘18 October 2015’. In the description of the video, it is mentioned that a group of Sikh protestors chanted pro-Pakistan slogans during a protest rally against the desecration of Guru Granth Sahib, a holy scripture of Sikh religion. Sharing more details about this rally, ‘ The Kashmir pulse’ published an article on their website. It is reported in the article that over 100 pages of the Sikh holy book were found scattered near a Gurudwara in Bargari village on ‘12 October 2015’. Protesting the desecration of the Sikh holy book, a group of Sikhs conducted a rally at Baramulla in North Kashmir.
According to the article published by ‘Deccan Chronicle’ news website, pro-Pakistan and pro-Khalistan slogans were chanted in a protest rally conducted by the large group of Sikh men at Baramulla on ‘18 October 2015’. It is reported that this protest was against the desecration of the holy book of Sikhs. From, all these pieces of evidence, it is concluded that the video shared in the post is an old one and has nothing to do with the ongoing farmers protest over the new farm bills.
To sum it up, 2015 video of protests in Baramulla is falsely portrayed as the video of ongoing farmers protest over the new farm bills.