Fact Check: Viral picture claiming to be of latest farmers' protest is an old one

By Mounika Dasari  Published on  28 Sep 2020 5:03 AM GMT
Fact Check: Viral picture claiming to be of latest farmers protest is an old one

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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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.

Claim Review:Viral pictures of latest farmers’ protest
Claimed By:Facebook Users
Claim Reviewed By:Newsmeter
Claim Source:Facebook
Claim Fact Check:False
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