A black and white photograph is being circulated on social media platforms with the claim that it shows freedom fighter, Bhagat Singh.
The image shows a man being publicly flogged by another one in uniform. "This is a rare photo of Bhagat Singh ji where he is seen getting flogged. And we are taught that Nehru and Gandhi had given us freedom," reads the caption of one such post.
The photo has been shared extensively on Twitter.
ये उस समय की फोटो है, जब #भगतसिंह को अंग्रेजो द्वारा #कोड़े मारकर #प्रताड़ना दी जा रही थी— Aalok Mishra (@MISHRAAALOKK) August 18, 2020
तात्कालिक समय के #समाचारपत्रों में ये समाचार प्रमुखता से छापा गया था!
और हमारे दिमाग़ों में देश के इतिहास से बस तैमूरलंग महमूद गजनवि बाबर हुमायूँ औरंगज़ेब टीपु गांधी और नेहरु को ठूँसा गया pic.twitter.com/gKodYjZl9F
Black and white viral photograph shows freedom fighter, Bhagat Singh being beaten-up.
The claim is false.
A Reverse image search of the image indicated that the photo dates back to 1919.
According to a report by Byline Times, the photograph shows an instance of Indians being flogged following the Amritsar Massacre in 1919.
Below is a screenshot is taken from the report:
In a report by a website called Sab Rang, the photograph is captioned 'Flogging in the erstwhile Punjab, 1919.'
Below is a screenshot of the report:
In 1919, Bhagat Singh was 12 years old and a school student. He had visited Jallianwala Bagh just hours after the massacre. According to his book, The Jail Notebook and Other Writings, he had brought back some mud as memorabilia.
The Logical Indian could not independently identify the man in the photograph, however, it is clear that he is definitely not Bhagat Singh who was 12 at that time.
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