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Fact Check: 2019 Picture Of Man With Marks Of Assault On His Back Linked To Farmers’ Protest

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A picture of a Sikh man with whip marks on his back is being shared on social media with a claim he was brutally thrashed by the police during the recent farmers’ rally.

The post read, “এইজন কৃষকৰ পিঠিত যদি লাঠিৰ কোব পৰাটো সঁচা, তেনেহলে চাই থাকক বিজেপি চৰকাৰে বাঘৰ নেগুৰেৰে কাণ খুজালে কিন্তু! পৰিণতি ভয়ঙ্কৰ হব !”

(English: If this farmer’s back is true, then watch that BJP government is asking for ears through tiger’s nagur! The consequences will be terrible!)

Here’s the link to the above post.

FACT CHECK 

NewsMobile fact-checked the picture and found that the picture in circulation is old.

When we put the picture through Reverse Image Search, we found a tweet from 2019 featuring the same image. “Sikh auto driver and son brutally beaten up by Delhi Police in Mukherji Nagar of Delhi. Mid night protests by sikh community demanding action against police officials. #Delhi,” The tweet was captioned. 

Based on this, we ran a search and found a report by NDTV dated July 25, 2019, stating that two Delhi Police constables were dismissed from service for “unprofessional behaviour” following the assault on Sikh tempo driver being thrashed in Mukherjee Nagar area.

The report also mentioned that the incident took place on June 16, 2019.

Similar reports were also published by NewsNation TV and ABP Punjab.

We also found a tweet by Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal on the same incident. “Delhi Police brutality in Mukherjee Nagar is highly condemnanble and unjustified. I demand an impartial probe into the whole incident & strict action against the guilty. Protectors of citizens can’t be allowed to turn into uncontrolled violent mobsters,” the tweet dated June 17, 2019, read.

Hence, from the above information, it is clear that the picture in circulation is from 2019 and not related to the ongoing farmers’ protest.

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