Hyderabad: Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) called for a Bharat Bandh on September 27 to mark the first anniversary of the three farm laws. The bandh was to be held from 6 am to 4 pm during which all "government and private offices, educational and other institutions, shops, industries, and commercial establishments, as well as public events and functions, were to be closed throughout the country."

( Source: Indian Express)

In light of this, a picture of a busy street went viral on social media. Users claim that it shows their respective cities not supporting the bandh and being completely functional and open.

A netizen shared the image with the caption, "My city is fully open. Surat did not support Bharat Bandh (sic)."

It notched over 1187 retweets and 1927 likes at the time of writing this article.

The same picture was also tweeted by other netizens. Different versions of the claim also popped up from Pune, Patna, Bangalore, Faridabad, Delhi, Surat, Kohima, etc.


The claim is false.

The same image was carried in an article by Patna Beats, on November 2, 2016. The article uses the image as a representative picture and reports on the Patna police traffic cell launching an "odd-even parking system to regularize vehicular movements in the business hubs of the state capital."

The same image was also used for representative purposes by Dainik Bhaskar in 2018 to report "a ban on the operation of large and medium commercial and passenger vehicles in Patna urban areas for Durga Puja."

Clearly, the viral image is five years old. They are not related to September 27 Bharat Bandh.

Thus, the claim is false.

Claim Review :   Image shows various cities not supporting the Bharat Bandh
Claimed By :  Social Media Users
Fact Check :  False

Misha Rajani

Misha Rajani is a Fact Checker at NewsMeter. She is currently pursuing her Master's degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from St. Francis College for Women. She has written a thesis on “ Role of social media in highlighting injustice”. Apart from pursuing a career in news writing, Misha is also skilled in graphic designing. You can follow Misha on Twitter @misharajani00

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