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Fact Check: 2021 Video Covering A Violent Incident At Former CM Khattar’s Venue Goes Viral With Distorted Claims

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A video showing a mob vandalising a temporary structure is widely circulated on social media, claiming that it was an attack on the Haryana BJP workers. The accompanying text overlay in the video alleges that farmers ravaged the tent arranged for an event featuring Haryana Chief Minister Nayab Singh Saini.

The Facebook post reads: #हरियाणा में #भाजपा को 400 #सीट देते हुए #किसानभाई !😀😀😀👇.

The above post can be seen here. (Archive)

FACT CHECK

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

Conducting a Reverse Image Search of the viral video keyframes, the NM team came across a post by @PagdiSinger, dated January 12, 2021. This post contains a shortened version of the viral video.

Searching further with relevant keywords like “Kisan Mahapanchayat, stage, and vandalised”, we found an article by The Week, dated January 10, 2021. It features images resembling those seen in the viral footage, highlighting that the former Haryana Chief Minister, Manohar Lal Khattar, had called off his visit to Kaimla village in Karnal for the “’Kisan Mahapanchaya” due to farmers protesting against the three farm bills vandalising the venue.

By comparing The Week‘s image with the viral footage, we found identical similarities.

Many other news media outlets like this, this and this, had reported on the incident in January 2021.

Therefore, we can conclusively say that the 2021 video showing a vandalising incident at the former CM Khattar’s venue has been circulated with false narratives.


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