Hyderabad: Thousands of farmers who had reached the Capital with their tractors started their protest against the Centre's farm laws immediately after the Republic Day celebrations at the Red Fort ended.

The protesting farmers deviated from the previously designated routes and entered the Red Fort. Even though the police requested them not to take law into their hands, the protesting farmers entered the Red Fort and unfurled a flag belonging to their group.

This news is spread like wildfire and some social media users shared it with the claim that the farmers have removed the National flag from the flag post and unfurled their flag.

Fact Check:

The viral claim is MISLEADING.

The protesting farmers did not unfurl their own flag after removing the Indian Tricolour. NewsMeter found several video clips in the media which showed the National flag still flying on the Red Fort during the protest.

According to reports, the flag that was unfurled by the farmers is a saffron-coloured Nishan Sahib.


The Nishan Sahib is a holy triangular flag of the Sikhs made of cotton or silk with a tassel at its end. The word, Nishan means symbol, and the flag was hoisted on a tall flagpole, outside most Gurdwaras just like at the Gurdwara Singh Sabha of Michigan. The flagpole itself is covered with a fabric and ends with a two-edged dagger (khanda) on top. The emblem on the flag depicts a double-edged sword called a khanda (☬) at the center a chakkar which is circular and is flanked by two single-edged swords or kirpans.

This flag is nowhere related to the Khalistan flag as some of the social media users had claimed.


This flag was unfurled by the protestors on a flag post which is usually empty.

Here is another report that showed the pictures of the Red Fort after the incident.


Therefore, though it is true that the protesting farmers entered the Red Fort and unfurled a Nishan Sahib flag, they did not remove the Indian flag. Hence, the claim is MISLEADING.

Claim Review :   Protesting farmers removed Indian Flag at Red Fort
Claimed By :  Social Media Users
Fact Check :  False

Satya Priya BN

Motivated professional with a zeal to learn, Sathya Priya has more than 5 years of experience as a Content and Digital manager in Press, Electronic and Digital media. She is Andhra Pradesh government accredited Multimedia Journalist. Ms Priya has worked for more than 4 years as Web and Digital media manager in Bhaarat Today, telugu TV channel. Along with news, she has experience in television program production. Demonstrated excellent management and leadership skills to lead the Digital Media staff. Worked collaboratively with staff, management and IT support. A science Post Graduate, with great computing skills, She is a fact checker certified by Google News Initiative. She has also completed Fundamentals of Digital Marketing Certification from Google.

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