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Fact Check: Unrelated Clip Of Nihang Sikhs Beating Elderly Man Erroneously Linked To Farmers’ Protest 

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A video showing Nihangs assaulting an elderly Sikh, causing his turban to fall on the road, is gaining traction on social media. The incident is associated with the recent farmers’ movement.

The video is shared on Facebook with a caption: “यह देखिए यह अराजक और बेशर्म लोग जो निहंग सिख हैं एक बुजुर्ग सिख को किस तरह से पीट रहे हैं उनकी दस्तार पगड़ी सड़क पर फेंक रहे हैं बुजुर्ग सिख ने इन निहंगों से बस इतना पूछ लिया था कि जब यह किसानों का आंदोलन है तो आप यहां दीप सिंह संधू के फोटो लेकर क्यों घूम रहे हो इतनी सी बात पर निहंगों ने बुजुर्ग सिख को बुरी तरह से पीटना शुरू किया उन्हें सड़कों पर घसीट घसीट कर मारा उनकी दस्तार और पगड़ी उठाकर फेंक दी” (English version: See below.)

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FACT CHECK

NewsMobile fact-checked the above claim, and found it to be MISLEADING. 

The viral video with a watermark and logo from ‘Browse Daily TV’ was found on their Instagram account, and uploaded on December 20, 2023. The incident occurred in Mohali city, Punjab, during the ‘Bandi Singh Morcha’ protest. An elderly Sikh auto rickshaw driver protested against pictures of controversial Punjabi actor Deep Sidhu displayed at the protest, leading to an assault by Nihang Sikhs and Deep Sidhu supporters present. The post included a link to the full version of the video.

The full video of the incident was posted on the Facebook account of ‘Browse Daily TV’ on December 19, 2023. In the video, an elderly Sikh is seen questioning Nihang Sikhs about Deep Sidhu. The situation escalates, leading to the Nihangs beating the elderly man, resulting in his turban falling off.

Though we could not ascertain the exact context of this video, it is evident from the above information that the viral video is old and unrelated to the ongoing farmers’ protest.

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