A video through a post is being widely shared on social media claiming that it shows the situation in Kashmir before and after the formation of the Narendra Modi led government. Let us fact-check the claim made in the post.
Claim: Visuals comparing the situation in Kashmir, before and after 2014.
Fact: The visuals of masked men throwing stones and damaging the J&K Police vehicle were during a protest in Srinagar on 31 May 2019. The visual of a person tied to a vehicle is from 2017. During both the incidents, Narendra Modi was the Prime Minister of India. Hence, the claim made in the post is MISLEADING.
When reverse image search is done on the screenshots of the video, the visuals claiming to be from before the formation of the Narendra Modi led government, were actually from 2019. The visuals of masked men throwing stones and damaging the J&K Police vehicle were during a protest in Srinagar on 31 May 2019. In fact, Dar Yasin who worked for the Associated Press, took the picture of the man who jumped on the bonnet of the vehicle and got a Pulitzer Prize in 2020 for the same.
A few days before this incident happened in Srinagar, the BJP government came back to power for the second term at the centre with a full majority. The erstwhile undivided Jammu and Kashmir was under President’s rule during this time (2019).
The visual of a person tied to a vehicle is from 2017. According to news reports, a Kashmiri man was strapped to the front of a jeep that was carrying security personnel in Jammu Kashmir. The person was used as a ‘human shield’ from stone throwers by an officer from the Indian Army. The video of the incident went viral in April 2017 and had become quite controversial at that time. During 2017, Narendra Modi was serving as the Prime Minister of India; the erstwhile undivided Jammu and Kashmir was governed by the BJP-PDP coalition in the state.
To sum it up, the incidents in this video took place when Narendra Modi government was in power at the Centre.