Hyderabad: Social media users are claiming that Shri Krishna Janmashtami procession was taken out in Kashmir after 32 years. Srinagar's Lal Chowk reverberated with 'Shri Krishna Govind Hare Murari'. Users said people thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah.
The claim is False.
NewsMeter performed a keyword search which led us to the website of Getty images that shared an image of Janmashtami in 2004.
According to the website, a Kashmiri Pandit (Hindu) girl, posing as Hindu God Lord Krishna plays the flute as she sits atop a vehicle during a procession in Srinagar, September 7, 2004. Kashmiri Hindus took out a procession to mark the Janmashtami (anniversary of the birth of Hindu God Lord Krishna) for the first time in years of an insurgency that sparked a mass exodus of Hindus from the valley.
We then found the 2005 Janmashtami image by Reuters. Alamy too had published the pictures in 2012.
We then found a report by Hindustan Times published in 2007 headlined, 'Janmashtami procession in Kashmir'.
According to the report, for the first time since militancy broke out in Kashmir in 1989, a Janmashtami procession organized by Pandits passed through the famous Lal Chowk here on Monday, signifying a perceptible improvement in the situation in the strife-ridden Valley.
It is therefore evident that the viral claim is False. This was not the first time when the Janmashtami procession was taken out in Kashmir. The procession was even taken out before Modi being Prime Minister