Hyderabad: An image of a Muslim man is viral on social media with the false claim that he posed as Sikh to take part in farmers' protest.

The claim states that the man in the photograph is a Muslim, who doesn't have a mustache and has disguised himself as a Sikh farmer, wearing a turban.

The claim reads, "Although Abdul Puncherwala has become a Sikh farmer but has forgotten to grow a mustache". (archive)

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Newsmeter found that the claim is not true. This image has been morphed as the man does have a mustache in the original visuals and hasn't disguised himself as a Sikh.

We performed a reverse image search and found a post on a Facebook page 'Ugra Hindutva'. From this, we found a link to a Facebook Live by the page 'Hindustan LIVE Farhan Yahiya' from Singhu Border where the farmers' protest is currently going on.

In Facebook Live, it can be seen that the Sikh man has a mustache. This means that that viral image is edited. At the beginning of the video, we can hear a man saying, "Along with many Sikh brothers, people from the Muslim community have also reached here." This shows that the man didn't disguise himself as a Sikh and was participating as a Muslim.

Apart from this, news agency ANI had tweeted visuals of AAP MLA meeting farmers and we can find the same man with a mustache.

Below is an image of the man in question.

Evidently, the claim that the man disguised himself as a Sikh farmer is false.

Claim Review :   Viral claim that Muslim man posed as Sikh farmer
Claimed By :  Twitter 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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