Hyderabad: The farmers protesting against the three farm laws reportedly vandalised 1,500 mobile phone towers in Punjab, disrupting connectivity across the state earlier this week. Amidst this, a TikTok video of a burning mobile tower has gone viral on social media with the claim that a Jio mobile tower was set on fire during the ongoing farmers' protest.

The videos contain the text "Effect of farmers. Jio tower on fire".



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https://web.archive.org/save/https://twitter.com/theNSYF/status/1343242756555214848

https://web.archive.org/save/https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=727632761491095

Fact Check:

The claim that a Jio tower was set on fire by farmers in Punjab is FALSE.

A search using the keywords 'mobile tower on fire' led to various photos of the same that were shared in 2017. According to amarujala.com, a fire broke out on the roof of a house where a mobile tower was installed at Ankit Puram on GMS Road, Dehradun.

Taking a cue from this news, NewsMeter further searched using the keywords 'mobile tower on fire, Dehradun'. We found a video clip published by News 18 Hindi in June 2017. A longer version of the video shows the mobile tower in flames.

India today had also debunked the claim that a Jio tower was set on fire by protesting farmers.

This clearly shows that the TikTok video is from an incident that took place in Dehradun in 2017. Hence, the claim that a Jio tower was set on fire during the farmers' protest in Punjab is FALSE.


Claim Review :   video of mobile tower on fire is linked to farmers’ protest
Claimed By :  Social Media Users
Fact Check :  False

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