Old images and videos of Sikh protests are wrongly being shared as imagery from the ongoing farmer protest at several locations near Delhi. Some of the images are being shared with an attempt to link the farmer protest with the Khalistani movement.
One such video was shared by Twitter user Ankur Arya and a pro-Khalistani rally was passed on as visuals from the farmer protest. Arya sarcastically wrote, "These are India’s poor farmers, the government should accept their demands … Now some people will say this is not from Delhi, some will say these aren’t farmers and others will say Ankur Arya is spreading hate. So that the attention is diverted from the main issue." The tweet was liked over 6,000 times but was found to be old video of a Khalistani rally, the AltNews reported.
यह हिंदुस्तान का गरीब किसान है इनकी मांगें पूरी करो सरकार... 😕 अब कुछ लोग कहेंगे यह दिल्ली का नही, कुछ कहेंगे ये किसान नही।और कुछ कहेंगे अंकुर आर्य नफरत फैला रहा है। 🙄ताकि मूल संकट से ध्यान भटका सकें। @narendramodi @AmitShah@Shehzad_Ind @OpIndia_in @diljitdosanjh pic.twitter.com/dvLniI6qkr— Ach. Ankur Arya (@AchAnkurArya) December 7, 2020
The video was reportedly found to be from 2016 and was shared on YouTube account Khalsa Gatka Group with over 17 million views.
Another image that is being shared as one from the farmer protest was of Sikh men stepping on the national flag. The image is going viral on Twitter and Facebook.
क्या इन्हीं किसानों पर भारत गर्व करता है।ऐसा लगता है जैसे की विदेशी आतंकवादी , किसानों के भेष में देश में घुस आए हैं ।अपने ही देश के झंडे का ऐसा अपमान हमारे राष्ट्रीय ध्वज का अपमान करना ही किसान आन्दोलन है , हमें धिक्का है ऐसे किसान आन्दोलन पर😠😠😡😡 pic.twitter.com/QyHNemfrwx— रश्मि भदौरिया (@RashmiBhadoriy2) December 5, 2020
A reverse search of the image has revealed that it actually dates back to 2013 and the old man seen in the photograph is Sardar Manmohan Singh Ji Khalsa, Vice President of Dal Khalsa International. The incident was from August 2013 when the pro-Khalistan group had held a protest outside the Indian Embassy in London on the Independence Day.
Amid the ongoing farmers’ agitation, a short clip of Nihang Sikhs marching on the road has gone viral with the claim that 20,000 Nihang Sikhs on 2,000 horses are on their way to Delhi from Punjab to join the farmers. Nihangs are an order of traditional Sikh warriors.
Similarly, a minute-long video of Nihang Sikhs in blue turbans on horsebacks marching with weapons is being attributed to the farmer protest. The video has gone viral on social media. However, the video dates back to 2018. The Nihangs did take part in the ongoing protest, but the video being attributed to them is wrong. T
The video was reportedly posted on Youtube on November 16, 2018, with the title “Khalsa ki shaan”. The same video was also shared on Facebook on September 30, 2018, with hashtag #DelhiFatehDivas2018. Sikhs celebrate Fateh Divas on the anniversary of historic 18th-century event when the ‘Nishan Sahib’, the holy symbol of Khalsa Panth, was unfurled at Red Fort.