Old and unrelated footages are falsely tied to ongoing farmer protests.

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Claim 1

Look at this anndaata! This is how the grains bought by FCI are prepared for the liquor mafia. Once rot sets in, this lot will be sold at almost zero price. The government buys more than what is required, and then FCI-mandi-aarthi scammers do this to keep the liquor industry going. #AnndaataMyFoot

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Claim 2

Singh is threatening Modi Gov. that if he takes any action against “so-called” farmer protesters, their sons in the Indian army will leave China and Pakistan borders and march to Delhi. This is dangerous. @DelhiPolice, @HMOIndia, and @NIA_India Please consider this video seriously.

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Explanation

Farm leaders decided to temporarily halt the ‘Delhi Chalo’ march after talks with the government. However, they stated that discussions, including the government’s Minimum Support Price (MSP) proposal, would resume in the next two days. The ‘Delhi Chalo’ march is set to resume on February 21 if there’s no resolution by then, according to Sarvan Singh Pandher, the General Secretary of Punjab Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee.

However, we fact-checked many false claims related to the ongoing farmer protest, but still, many unrelated claims are widely shared. For example, in the recent 58-second viral video, we can see a man wearing a white Kurta pouring water on tons of sacks, and the post shared with the caption, “look at these farmers. This is how the grains brought by the Food Corporation of India (FCI) are prepared for the Liquor Mafia. The government buys extra grains, but then FCI mandi and Arhtiyars (private traders) scammers do this to keep the liquor industry running successfully.”

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The second viral video was posted by the South Asian Journal X handle with the caption “A Sikh Farmer warns, “if our Sikh boys in the Indian Army rebel and join the farmers. It will take 10 minutes for Pakistan to reach Delhi”, with the hashtags ‘#FarmerProtest2024 #Sikh’.

In that viral video, we see an army uniform-wearing sikh person saying, “we will protest silently, but if the Modi government takes action on us, then our son will leave the China and Pakistan border within ten minutes and join us to march till Delhi. I just want to tell the media that they are our kids, not Modi’s kids. Anyway, Modi doesn’t have kids. Long before, there were no mobile phones on the border, but now they have more than two phones, so anyway, they get to know seconds of news updates, so be aware of us.”

What is the Truth?

FactCheck 1

We ran a reverse search using the keyframes of the viral video and found the original video reported by Punjabi news channel ABP Sanjha’s YouTube on May 8, 2018. According to ABP Sanjha, Fatehabad market committee investigation found this video from Shop No.124B, Anaj Mandi, Fatehabad, Haryana.The Fatehabad market committee found in the investigation that this man poured the water on wheat sack bags to increase their weight for more benefits. Shop No. 124B is owned by INLD (Indian Nation National Lok Dal) leader Kuljeet Kuladiya.

Similar news was also reported by the Times of India on August 19, 2019.

FactCheck 2

The same army camouflage uniform wearing a sikh man viral video was also posted on January 30, 2021, but on the next day itself, Colonel Sanjay Pande retweeted about this viral video as “AUTHENTICITY???? A camouflage dress? Go buy in tens of thousands of metres in the local market. Fake news unless his name, unit, and clear identity are provided. The narrative suits whom?”

Even retired Major General Harsha Kakar also retweeted, ”These are fake videos aiming to push the government. Best ignored”.

The viral video was also posted in 2021, and according to the army personnel tweets, we found that the viral video of a Sikh person wearing an army uniform is not from the Indian army, and the viral video is also not from recent ongoing farmer protests.

Conclusion

We found that all the viral claims are old and baseless; they have been falsely tied to the ongoing farmer protest 2.0.

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