A collage of two pictures is viral on social media. The first photo shows a Sikh man attacking a cop and the second picture is of an injured elderly person. It is being claimed that the person attacking the police was brutally thrashed later on.

बाबा जी की कम्बल ठुकाई 🤣🙄😋🤔
क्या से क्या हो गए देखते देखते 😂😂😀

Before After 😀😀

Posted by Vidyasagar Shukla on Thursday, 28 January 2021

The same has also been shared with the following Kannada text – #ಉಪಚಾರದ_ನಂತರ.


Posted by Ramesh Ramesh Tnr on Thursday, 28 January 2021

The collage is widely circulating on both Facebook and Twitter.

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The first picture was shared on social media after the farmers’ tractor rally held in Delhi on January 26. The pictures depict the violence that ensued during the rally on Republic Day, according to a BBC report that credits the picture to PTI photo journalist Ravi Choudhary.


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A post shared by Ravi Choudhary (@choudharyravi)

We located the second image with the help of Google reverse image search. Shiromani Akali Dal general secretary and former minister Bikram Singh Majithia had tweeted a set of pictures on December 27, 2020, including the viral photo of the injured Sikh man. His tweet said that farmers on their way to participate in the protests at Delhi border met with an accident near Khanna in Punjab.

The incident was also reported by News18 Punjab in a December 28, 2020 report. It said that farmers of Kirti Kisan Union, Wadala were going to participate in the demonstration when they met with a road accident. Kirti Kisan Union too had posted pictures of the accident.

ਕਿਰਤੀ ਕਿਸਾਨ ਯੂਨੀਅਨ ਇਕਾਈ ਪਿੰਡ ਵਡਾਲਾ ਤੋਂ ਦਿੱਲੀ ‘ਕਿਸਾਨ ਅੰਦੋਲਨ’ ‘ਚ ਸ਼ਾਮਲ ਹੋਣ ਜਾ ਰਹੇ ਕਿਸਾਨ ਭਰਾਵਾਂ ਦਾ ਟਰੈਕਟਰ ਹੋਇਆ ਖੰਨਾ ਨੇੜੇ…

Posted by ਕਿਰਤੀ ਕਿਸਾਨ ਯੂਨੀਅਨ Kirti Kisan Union on Sunday, 27 December 2020

Therefore a picture of a Sikh man brandishing a sword at a cop during farmers’ protest in Delhi was juxtaposed with an image of a man injured in a road accident while on his way to attend the protest.

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