Hyderabad: An image of a man holding a board that read, "Ram Mandir = Haunted house" has gone viral on social media with the false claim that it was taken during the ongoing farmers' agitation.
Delhi BJP leader Kapil Mishra tweeted the picture with the text, " किसान ?"
NewsMeter performed a reverse image search and found a tweet by filmmaker Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri that carried the same image. Agnihotri claimed that it is a Khalistan protest in Silicon Valley and had also tweeted a video of a protest from California, where Khalistan flags are clearly visible.
We compared the viral image and the picture posted by Agnihotri using the Google Street View Image of the Indian consulate in San Francisco and some other buildings and confirmed that the location is the same.
According to a local news website in San Francisco, a pro-Khalistan demonstration took place in front of the Indian consulate in San Francisco, California on 26 January. '"Khalistan! Khalistan!" yelled protesters outside the Indian Consulate in San Francisco on Tuesday, giving a noisy start to the Republic Day, when the nation of India celebrates the birth of its democracy,' read the article.
Therefore, it is clear that the viral image showing a placard about Ram Mandir is not from any farmers' protest in India but is from a Pro-Khalistan protest in San Francisco.