Fact Check: Photo Of Policemen Protesting With Morphed Placard Saying 'We Cannot Lathi-Charge Innocent People' Viral

The Logical Indian Fact check team investigates a viral photo of police personnel refusing to lathi charge on innocent citizens.

Delhi   |   13 Oct 2020 9:02 AM GMT
Writer : Aditi Chattopadhyay | Editor : Bharat Nayak | Creatives : Rajath
Fact Check: Photo Of Policemen Protesting With Morphed Placard Saying We Cannot Lathi-Charge Innocent People Viral

A photograph of a police officer sitting in protest holding a placard saying 'we cannot lathi-charge innocent people (Translated from Hindi)' is being circulated.

"The police does not lathi charge, the government gets it done (Translated from Hindi)," reads the translated caption.

Digvijay Singh, State President Samajwadi Chhatra Sabha (SCS) shared the image.


A viral photo of police personnel refusing to lathi charge on innocent citizens.

Fact Check:

The claim is false.

A reverse image search of the image led to a report from last year which carried the original version of the image.

In a report published on November 5, 2019, Dainik Jagran carried the original photo where the placard held by the police official reads "we want justice".

Reportedly, on November 5, 2019, police personnel had marched to the Delhi police headquarters at ITO as a mark of protest. The situation within the police ranks became tense in November 2019, following a dispute over a wrongly parked vehicle outside Tis Hazari Court Complex in Old Delhi resulted in a clash that left 10 policemen and several lawyers injured.

The police officials had held a protest over the handling of the incident by the administration.

The original photo has been credited to PTI.

Below is a comparison of the original (left) and the viral (right) photo:

Therefore, the viral photo has been morphed and is almost a year old.

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Claim Review :  Photo of police personnel protesting against Lathi charge is recent.
Claimed By :  Social Media posts
Fact Check :  False
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Aditi Chattopadhyay

Aditi Chattopadhyay

Fact Checker

Aditi, part of the fact checking team of The Logical Indian likes to read, write, cook and laugh, in short live life as it is supposed to be. What makes her fascinated is to discover the truth behind a story and more often than not, it is either fact or myth at the end.

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As the founding editor, Bharat had been heading the newsroom during the formation years of the organization and worked towards editorial policies, conceptualizing and designing campaign strategies and collaborations. He believes that through the use of digital media, one could engage the millennial's in rational conversations about pertinent social issues, provoking them to think and bring a behavioral change accordingly.



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