The video showing PM Modi’s effigy tied to a blue tractor is misleading and not from India!

Claim

This single picture summarizes the motive of the so-called “Farmer Protest” No real farmer would insult his nation or the Prime Minister of the country like this to demand anything.

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Explanation

Today, thousands of farmers from Punjab will once again embark on their ‘Delhi Chalo’ march, demanding that the MSP be extended to all crops. Following the failure of the fourth round of negotiations with the central government, the protesting farmers, who are currently camped at the border between Punjab and Haryana at Shambhu, announced on Tuesday that they would resume their agitation.

Even though we verified a lot of untrue information about the current farmer protest, a lot of irrelevant information is still widely disseminated. Here, a picture or video of our Prime Minister Modi dressed like a doll and fastened to a blue tractor is making the rounds on social media, and people are connecting it to the ongoing farmer’s strike in India. This post is shared with a claim stating, “No real farmer would insult his nation or the Prime Minister of the country like this to demand anything.” You can view related posts with similar claims here and here.

What’s the truth?

With every keyframe in the video, we began our analysis. As we were doing that, we noticed that the board where the tractor was located had signs for a Punjabi Dhaba. When we took that as a cue and searched Google it led us to a place in America.

We discovered that the restaurant shown in the video is “Sizzling Tandoori Hut” located in Aurora, Oregon city. On surfing through the Trip Advisor reviews we were able to find the exact locations as shown in the viral video.

We have also attached a comparison image of the viral video and the original location for the reader’s reference below.

 

When we advanced our search, we came across a Facebook video of the same hotel from Covid times through the ‘United Truckers’ page. The video is from 2020 and captioned as “Free Indian food for truckers. These guys are serving free food for 4 days on exit 278, i5, Oregon. Thank You.”


All of this data demonstrates that the viral video originates from Aurora, USA, and is unrelated to the current farmer’s protest.

Conclusion:

We conclude that there is no connection between the ongoing farmer’s protest and the viral video featuring PM Modi’s effigy, which is not from India. The place depicted in the video is actually in the American city of Aurora, Oregon.

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Indu Meenakshi

Indu Meenakshi is a former Microbiologist-turned-journalist, works as a Sub-Editor at YouTurn. She additionally holds Master’s in Management and English Literature. As a fact-checker, her job entails actively dispelling false information found online, exposing fake news, and raising public awareness.
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