In the backdrop of farmers' protest in Delhi, several right-wing ideologues are sharing the images unrelated to farmers' protest to disparage the movement. A similar photo of people holding a banner demanding the release of Sharjeel Imam has gone viral on social media with different captions; claiming to be from the ongoing farmers' protest.
Student-activist from Jawaharlal Nehru University, Sharjeel Imam, was booked under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) in January for allegedly delivering hate speech that during the anti-CAA protests.
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The image of people demanding the release of Sharjeel Imam is from the ongoing farmers' protest in Delhi.
On doing a reverse image search, The Logical Indian found the same photo was tweeted on April 15, 2020, by a Twitter user, Md Imran Lone with the caption, "It has been 76 days since Sharjeel Imam is under police custody for just appealing for "Jakka Jaam". After that BJP leaders instigate the violence which resulted in the Delhi pogrom against Muslim minorities but unfortunately they are roaming free."
Thus, the image was old and unrelated to the farmers' protest. The top right corner of the banner Welfare Party of India written on it. Moreover, the flag shown is even the flag resembles the flag of the same party. Hence, the image is from a protest held by the Welfare Party of India demanding the release of Sharjeel Imam earlier this year.
India Today spoke to the Welfare Party of India who confirmed the image was of a protest for the release of Sharjeel Imam during anti-CAA protest and unrelated to farmers protest.
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