Two videos are being shared in connection with the ongoing farmers’ protest. The first video shows some people emptying liquor bottles into a drum and the second shows people distributing liquor to a large crowd. On February 17, 2024, while sharing this video, an X (Twitter) user sarcastically wrote that the video showed ‘morning tea distribution by kind farmer leaders to poor farmers’ at the site of the Farmers’ Protest. “Haters will say this is Rum”, the user added. (Archive)

Retired IAS officer Surya Pratap Singh tweeted the video with the caption, “Daru ka Langar!”. However, he later deleted his tweet. Other users also shared this video linking it to the farmers’ protest.

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Viral Since 2021

In Septetember 2021, Right Wing influencer Rishi Bagree had tweeted both the videos and mocked farmers. (Archive)

Twitter user Renee Lynn posted a video that contained both the clips, and wrote, “I’m ashamed that such addicts are a part of the farmers’ movement. Farmers’ protest has turned into a hub of intoxication and prostitution. People from the country and abroad are funding them. But they are getting exposed gradually.” (Archived link)

Several other Twitter users @sdtiwari, @NagarJitendra, @br_sharma6, @Pradeep54242413 shared the video claiming the same.

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The video was also shared on Facebook. Alt News had then received several requests on its official WhatsApp number (+91 76000 11160) and mobile application.

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Fact check

Alt News was unable to spot any flags of farmer unions or posters of farmer organisations in the clips which acted as the first hint that the clips might not be related to the ongoing protests.

First video

Using Punjabi keywords, with the help of independent journalist Sandeep Singh, we found a Facebook post captioned, “ਸ਼ਰਾਬ ਦਾ ਲੰਗਰ। ਡੇਰਾ ਬਾਬਾ ਰੋਡੂ ਸ਼ਾਹ” that translates to “Liquor langar. Baba Rodu Shah”. This post has been created by merging multiple videos and the first viral video is also visible in the post at 20 seconds.


ਸ਼ਰਾਬ ਦਾ ਲੰਗਰ। ਡੇਰਾ ਬਾਬਾ ਰੋਡੂ ਸ਼ਾਹ

Posted by Crazy Posts on Monday, September 13, 2021

We further located a video posted by Daily News Punjab on Facebook titled, “Jagraon kaunke kalan ਮੇਲਾ ਬਾਬਾ ਰੋਡੂ ਸ਼ਾਹ ਜੀ ਦੇ ਠਾਠਾਂ ਮਾਰਦਾ ਇੱਕਠ” that translates to “Huge gathering at Baba Rodu Shahji’s mela.” Kaunke Kalan is a village in Ludhiana.The practice of offering liquor to Baba Rodu Shah is a village custom, followed for years. Devotees first bring alcohol and offer it to Baba Rodu Shah, then they distribute it among devotees as prasad.

Jagraon kaunke kalan ਮੇਲਾ ਬਾਬਾ ਰੋਡੂ ਸ਼ਾਹ ਜੀ ਦੇ ਠਾਠਾਂ ਮਾਰਦਾ ਇੱਕਠ || Daily News Punjab

Jagraon kaunke kalan ਮੇਲਾ ਬਾਬਾ ਰੋਡੂ ਸ਼ਾਹ ਜੀ ਦੇ ਠਾਠਾਂ ਮਾਰਦਾ ਇੱਕਠ || Daily News Punjab

Posted by Daily News Punjab on Monday, September 6, 2021

We reached out to Daily News Punjab and the outlet confirmed that the viral video is from Baba Rodu Shah. It also added that the practice of offering liquor has been going on for years.

Furthermore, a Facebook Live recorded at the place of worship and uploaded on September 6 shows a purple-coloured tent. A tent of the same colour is visible in the first viral video and the video of Daily News Punjab.

We reached out to Gurmeet Singh, Secretary of the Dargah Committee, and he informed us, “This video is from here, and all the boys who are seen in the video work at the dargah. I know them personally.” Alt News also found a YouTube video titled ‘Mela Baba Rodu ji mela Kaunke kalan Jagraon (Ldh)’ where a person in an orange kurta is also seen in the first viral video.

Second video

Independent journalist Sandeep Singh visited the dargah and captured some visual clues that match the location seen in the second viral video.

A collage of the visual similarities has been added below.

Therefore, it is clear that videos shot at Baba Rodu Shah in Ludhiana have gone viral on social media in the context of the farmers’ protest. The practice of offering liquor at the place of worship is an old custom and has nothing to do with the ongoing movement.

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Aqib is monitoring and researching mis/disinformation at Alt News