Fact Check: Old photo of Haryana CM in oil-stained kurta linked to farmers' protest

An old photo of Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar in an oil-stained kurta has resurfaced on social media with the false claim that this incident took place in Rohtak (Haryana) amid the ongoing farmers’ protest.

By Misha Rajani  Published on  11 April 2021 11:15 AM GMT
Fact Check: Old photo of Haryana CM in oil-stained kurta linked to farmers protest

Hyderabad: An old photo of Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar in an oil-stained kurta has resurfaced on social media with the false claim that this incident took place in Rohtak (Haryana) amid the ongoing farmers' protest.

The image has gone viral on social media. One Twitter user shared the photo and tweeted, "If bjp govt knew how to do their job, farmers wouldn't be on the roads protesting (sic)."

NewsMeter found that the image is from 2018 and is unrelated to the ongoing farmers' protest.

Fact Check:

We performed a reverse image search and found the same image in reports by the Indian Express and the Times of India from 2018. According to the reports "a youth had allegedly thrown black oil on Khattar when he had gone to a temple ahead of his roadshow in Hisar". The Hisar police (Haryana) arrested a man identified as Parveen Kumar.


The incident was broadcast by Zee News with the headline "Man throws oil on Haryana CM Khattar's face in Hisar".


However, in all these reports, the oil marks can only be seen on Khattar's clothes and not his face, unlike in the viral image.


Evidently, an old image of the Haryana CM in oil-stained clothes has been edited and revived amid the ongoing farmers' protests.

Claim Review:Haryana CM in oil-stained kurta after farmers' protest
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Claim Reviewed By:NewsMeter
Claim Source:Social Media
Claim Fact Check:False
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