An image showing a Kurta clad man pelting stone on a fallen policeman is in circulation with the claim of it being from the recent communal clash in Jhangirpuri, Delhi.
The image comes against the backdrop of a communal clash that erupted between two communities when a religious procession passed by the Jhangipuri on Saturday evening. The procession did not have the required permission according to Delhi Police. A total of 24 people including a woman and two minors have been arrested from both the communities.
However, we have found out that the image in circulation is old and the claim along with it is misleading.
The image is being shared along with the misleading caption that reads: “#जहांगीरपुरी Stoning is art they have all learnt in early days and practice throughout their lives.”
Several other users have also shared the image on Twitter with the same claim. An archive of the same can be accessed here and here.
The image was also shared by media outlets like The Statesman and India Tv and Delhi BJP spokesperson Naveen Kumar Jindal (here).
On conducting a reverse image search of the viral image, we found the same image used in an article published by the Times of India on 20 December 2019. The image is described as: “People attack a policeman in Shah-E-Alam area in Ahmedabad.” The article also says that major violence had erupted in the Shah-E-Alam area of Ahmedabad over the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).
We also found during the reverse search, the same image posted on Twitter on 20 December 2019 by the Journalist, Rajdeep Sardesai.
There are two pictures I just posted: one brings out the worst in us, the other the best. Some TV channels/WhatsApp groups will only show picture of violence to spread hate/divide and bring out worst in us. It’s time to CHOOSE: let’s bring out the best in us friends! pic.twitter.com/3sUOeVZ1Ja
— Rajdeep Sardesai (@sardesairajdeep) December 20, 2019
Therefore, it is evident from the above findings that the image is not from the recent communal clash of Jhangirpuri, Delhi.
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