HYDERABAD: A picture of a man in a green turban is being shared on social media as a Muslim man, named Nazeer Mohd, who disguised himself as a Sikh farmer in the ongoing farmers' Delhi Chalo' march.

Many social media users including Shalabh Mani Tripathi, the information advisor to UP CM Yogi Adityanath, tweeted the photo.

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FACT CHECK:

NewsMeter found that the claim of a Muslim man disguising himself as a Sikh during the protests is false.

We looked at Nazeer Mohammed's Facebook profile and found that the viral image was uploaded on 8 April 2020. The farmers Bill was passed in September and only since then have the protests started, this proves that the image is unrelated.

https://archive.is/BEFMz


We also found a Punjabi news channel that posted a video on Facebook of its coverage on the incident where people in Nazeer's village confirmed that he was not part of the protest.

https://m.facebook.com/propunjabtv/videos/396935381748577/?locale2=en_US .

Nazeer also told BOOM that while he supported the farmer's protest, he had not physically joined them. He has also filed a complaint with the local police authorities which has been signed by all other villagers as a show of support to him.

Evidently, it is clear that the claim is false as the image was posted several months before protests began.


Misha Rajani

Misha Rajani is currently a Freelance Fact Checker at Newsmeter. She is pursuing her post graduation in M. A. Mass Communication and Journalism from St Francis College for Women. She has written a thesis on " Role of social media in highlighting injustice ". Misha has a zeal for learning and writing news articles and apart from this, she is interested in video editing and graphic designing.

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