Hyderabad: A picture of a group of people squatting on railway tracks is doing rounds on social media claiming that these are farmers from Punjab and Haryana who are protesting against the Farm Bills passed by voice vote in Rajya Sabha.

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Posted by Pratap Chahal Chahal on Tuesday, September 15, 2020

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Fact Check:

The picture is an old one, taken five years ago. Hence, the claim is FALSE.

Using Google Reverse Image search, Newsmeter found the same picture in a news article on NaiDunia dated October 7, 2015, claiming that many farmers in Punjab staged rail roko protesting against the pesticide procurement scam and non-compensation for a ruined crop.

We also found another article on The Hindu dated October 12, 2015, claiming that farmers’ rail roko agitation in Punjab had affected the movement of more than 850 trains.

Farmers from all over the country are indeed protesting against the farm Bills passed just a voice vote in Rajya Sabha.

The picture of a group of people sitting and sleeping on railway tracks is five-year-old one and has no relation to the recent farmers’ protest.

Hence, the claim is FALSE.

Mounika Dasari

Mounika Dasari is currently working as a Freelance Fact checker at Newsmeter. She was also an independent contractor at Appen. She has previously worked with Manshuk Securities and Finance as a Derivative Trainee in Delhi. She has work experience of 18 months with Geojit Financial Services as an Equity Dealer in Hyderabad. She has certifications of NISM series V, NISM Series VII, and NISM Series VIII. Alumni from IILM Graduate School of Management in Finance, U.P. Alumni from FH-Dortmund University of applied science and arts in Managing Diverse Markets, Germany. Mounika loves to travel and has been to countries like Germany, Netherlands, Italy, and Switzerland.

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