Fact Check: 2020 Image Of Bengal Police Removing A Sikh’s Turban Viral As Recent

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A picture, claiming a West Bengal Police officer removed the turban of a Sikh protester, is doing the rounds on social media. Many users have linked the image to the ongoing farmers’ protest.

A Facebook user posted the viral post with the following caption:  Shameful & Unacceptable 
West Bengal Police insulted our Sikh brother by removing his turban

You can check the post here.

FACT CHECK

NewsMobile fact-checked the viral post, and found it to be misleading.

Running a Reverse Image Search of the pictures, the NM team identified a tweet on a blue-tick channel of Kailash Vijayvargiya — a Cabinet Minister in the MP government, dated October 9, 2020. The caption confirms that Bengal Police did manhandle a Sikh person and removed his turban in the open, but the incident happened in 2020, not recently.

Searching further, our team found an article in The Indian Express, dated October 10, 2020. As per the article, the incident happened in 2020, confirming that the images are at least four years old.

BJP leader Manjinder Singh Sirsa and Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) President Sukhbir Singh Badal also tweeted about the incident, asking the Central government to tackle such scenarios. 

Therefore, we can conclusively say that the viral post, claiming Bengal Police removed the turban of a Sikh during the ongoing protest, is misleading.

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