6 Year Old Photo from a Farmers’ Protest Falsely Linked to Ongoing Farmers’ Protest

Written by Md Mahfooz Alam

A photo in which a group of policemen dragging an old woman is widely shared by claiming that Chandigarh police treated the protesters inhumanely. The claim also calls Chandigarh police anti-farmer, linking the photo to the ongoing farmers’ protest against the three contentious farm reform laws.

Amrit Assal a Twitter user posted the photo on 29 July along with the caption: Chandigarh police are you guys even shamed to treat the civilians who promise to protect in this inhumane way? #WhyChandigarhPolice_AntiFarmer #FarmersProtest” (Archived)

(Photo Courtesy: Twitter/Screenshot)

Another Twitter user Varinder Chd posted the photo with the caption: Lets support our farmers who are being harassed by Chandigarh Police Tweet and retweet maximum #चंडीगढ़_पुलिस_किसान_विरोधी” (Archived)

(Photo Courtesy: Twitter/Screenshot)

FactO Check:

We reverse searched the image using the Yandex search engine and found an article published in Hindustan Times on 7 August 2015 with the title: Cops lathicharge farmers in Patiala. The article carries the viral photo.

According to the article, the farmers were protesting against the district administration move to take control over the Panchayat land in the village. The farmers owing allegiance to Bharti Kisan Union (Dakaunda) took law into their hands and pelted stones against police when the administration started to seal all the houses built on government lands.

In retaliation, police resorted to lathi-charge and also fired teargas shells to control the situation. A total of 20 farmers, including women, were detained. The administration prevailed and sealed all houses built on government land and also snapped the electricity connections.

The Tribune on 6 August 2019 also reported the same. According to the report, the police and administration officials on the High Court order had gone to Hariau Kalan village to vacate the panchayat land in the illegal possession of farmers.

However, on 26 July the farmers across the nation marked the seven month anniversary of their protest against three contentious farm reform laws by marching to Raj Bhavans. They wanted to hand over a memorandum to President Ram Nath Kovind through the Governors. In Punjab, farmers broke the barricading at the Chandigarh-Mohali border to submit the memorandum to the Governor and seek repeal of the farm laws.


The viral photo is of farmers protest from 2015 and it has nothing to do with the ongoing protests against farm laws.


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About the author

Md Mahfooz Alam

Mahfooz is a multimedia journalist and regularly writes fact-check stories for Facto News. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Mass Communication. He has worked as an intern fact-checker for The Quint. He specializes in research and fact-checking and aspires to do investigative reporting.

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