Hyderabad: Following the violence at the Singhu border where farmers have been protesting for over two months, the Union Home ministry suspended Internet services in Delhi's border areas from 11 p.m on 29 January to 11 p.m on 31 January. Amidst growing tension, a photo of a man in a Modi t-shirt attacking police personnel has gone viral. The image has been falsely linked to the ongoing farmers' protest.

Many Twitter and Facebook users have also claimed that the man in the image disguised himself as a farmer and attacked the police to defame the protest against the farm laws.

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Fact Check:

NewsMeter found that the claim is FALSE and is not related to the ongoing farmers' protest. In fact, the photo is from 2014.

We performed a reverse image search and found the same image was published by One India on June 2014 with the headline, "BJP youth workers stage protest against SP rule in Lucknow". It said BJP workers had staged protests against the Samajwadi Party (SP) due to lack of law and order and power crisis in Lucknow.

The same image was also published by The Telegraph with the caption, "A BJP activist fights with a policeman during the protest outside the Assembly in Lucknow on Monday."

According to these news reports, on 30 June 2014, BJP members protested against the ruling Samajwadi Party government against the increasing cases of crime in Uttar Pradesh. During this, BJP workers fought police batons and water cannons outside the state Assembly in Lucknow.

It is clear that the image is not related to the ongoing farmers protest as it is from a 2014 protest in Lucknow. Hence, the claim is FALSE.

Claim Review :   Photo of man in Modi t-shirt attacking cops at farmers’ protest
Claimed By :  Facebook 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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