A one-minute video is viral on Facebook and Twitter with the claim that 20,000 Nihang Sikhs have departed for Delhi from Punjab on 2,000 horses to support protesting farmers.

@SanjayV_INC, a Twitter user who claims be a supporter of Rahul Gandhi, posted the video on December 1. It was viewed over 35,000 times. (archived link)

This video has been shared by multiple Facebook users with a Hindi text.

Old video

Alt News performed a reverse image search on Google using InVID, a video verification browser plugin. We found that the video was uploaded on YouTube in November 2018.

 

The same video was uploaded on YouTube earlier this year with the title ‘Delhi Fateh Divas 2018 Budha Dal Nihang Singh’.

According to Business Standard, Fateh Divas celebrates the capture of Red Fort in 1783 by the Sikh military general Sardar Baghel Singh.

While Alt News could not independently verify the details of the video, it is at least two years old. The claim that 20,000 Nihang Sikhs are marching towards Delhi on 2,000 horses is false.

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Archit is a graduate in English Literature from The MS University of Baroda. He also holds a post-graduation diploma in journalism from the Asian College of Journalism. Since then he has worked at Essel Group's English news channel at WION as a trainee journalist, at S3IDF as a fundraising & communications officer and at The Hindu as a reporter. At Alt News, he works as a fact-checking journalist.