Pakistan-based journalist Bashir Chaudhary tweeted an image of policemen attacking a Sikh man. “This picture will shake the foundations of #India. #JaagPunjabiJaag #IndianRepublicBlackDay #TractorMarchDelhi #KisanTractorRally #FarmersProtest,” he wrote linking the image to police violence during farmers’ tractor parade on January 26.

Facebook user Ajay Tiwari posted the image on the group ‘Prof. Gourav Vallabh Fan’s Club’. It gained close to 5,000 shares.

Viral image dates back to 2013

Alt News performed a reverse image search on TinEye and found the same on Getty Images. It was clicked by Shekhar Yadav in 2013. The caption reads, “Sikh community members scuffle with policemen as they shout anti-government slogans during a demonstration against the acquittal of Congress politician Sajjan Kumar, in New Delhi.” We also found other images by Yadav related to the same incident on Getty Images. (1, 2)

As per a 2013 Livemint report, Sikh protestors attempted to march towards the Prime Minister’s residence protesting against Congress leader Sajjan Kumar’s acquittal in the 1984 riots case.

Yadav currently works at The Indian Express. He quote-tweeted Chaudhary’s tweet and debunked the claim.

Therefore, a 2013 image was shared on social media with the false claim that it is from the clashes between farmers and Delhi police. It is noteworthy that police violence has been reported during the ongoing farmers’ movement.

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Archit is a senior fact-checking journalist at Alt News. Previously, he has worked as a producer at WION and as a reporter at The Hindu. In addition to work experience in media, he has also worked as a fundraising and communication manager at S3IDF.