With India’s GDP contracting by 23.9 per cent, the rising levels of unemployment have come into sharp focus. The Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy has said that about 21 million salaried employees lost their jobs during April-August. In the backdrop of this, a video of a convoy being stopped by a group of people who can be heard raising slogans against Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and his regime has gone viral. Sharing the video on September 12, Facebook user Bala Lokare claimed that unemployed youth of UP halted the CM’s convoy. Lokare is the secretary of Shiv Sena’s film wing, Chitrapat Sena. At the time of writing this article, the post garnered close to 1,400 shares.
बेस्ट शिएम… ढोंगी अदित्यनाथ यांच्या ताफा अडवून बेरोजगार यूवकांनी निषेध केला भाडखाऊ मिडीया दाखवेल का ?? भक्तो उलटी गिनती शूरू… 😂🤣😂🤣
Posted by Bala Lokare on Friday, 11 September 2020
With a keyword search on YouTube, Alt News found the same video posted on July 11, 2017. Thus, the video is more than three years old.
According to a report by The Indian Express, the said incident had occurred on June 7, 2017. The protesters, mostly affiliated with Samajwadi Chhatra Sabha, the student wing of Samajwadi Party, waved black flags at CM Adityanath and blocked his convoy on road leading to the Lucknow University for a programme. A report published on June 11 informed that 14 protesters including Lucknow University students were sent to jail on 14-day judicial custody by a local court. ABP News had also verified the video back in June 2017.
Samajwadi Chatra Sabha and AISA members arrested for showing black flags to CM Adityanath Yogi. Students tried to stop CM’s convoy. pic.twitter.com/3M3hfJVH9T
— TOI Cities (@TOICitiesNews) June 7, 2017
A three-year-old video of UP CM Yogi Adityanath’s convoy being blocked by student activists in Uttar Pradesh was passed off on social media to claim that the incident had occurred recently.