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Image of blood-splattered policemen is not from citizenship law protests, it’s from 2018

An image of some injured policemen is being widely circulated on Twitter, falsely claiming that they were attacked by those agitating against citizenship law.

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New Delhi: An image of some wounded policemen with their uniform soaked in blood has been circulating on social media, claiming that they were brutally beaten up by those protesting against the Citizenship Amendment Act.

The picture shows three policemen sitting on the ground and another helping them. 

The photograph was first shared by advocate, columnist and media commentator Ishkaran Singh Bhandari Friday.

“This is not #CAAProtest. This is war on India,” Bhandari wrote. The tweet had over 900 likes and 771 retweets at the time of publishing this report.


IPS officer Pankaj Nain, who is Superintendent of Police, Security & Telecom, Haryana, also shared the picture along with another image, showing a police officer lying on the ground and a man attempting to throw a stone at him. 

His post had been liked over 5,000 times and shared over 3,500 times at the time of writing this report.


Surajit Dasgupta, Editor-in-Chief of Sirf News, also shared the same image, claiming it to be from Ahmedabad.

“This is unacceptable. Our custodians are not cannon fodder. This is what the so-called peaceful protesters did to cops in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, ruled by a so-called Fascist party,” Dasgupta’s post read.


Fact check

The source of the image is not known, but it is certainly not from the ongoing protests against the citizenship law as the picture was shared last year too on Twitter and Facebook.

For the past couple of weeks, protests — some violent, some peaceful — have broken out across the country over the amended citizenship law. 

The agitation that began in Assam, other parts of the Northeast and West Bengal soon spread to several university campuses — including Jamia Millia Islamia, AMU, Jadavpur University, TISS, IIT-Bombay and IIT-Madras.

In collaboration with SM Hoaxslayer.

Also read: Injured infants in images viral on social media are not victims of Citizenship Act protests


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  1. One may have heard of the story, a shepherd constantly crying wolf, as a prank, was aghast when a wolf actually attacked his flock, and no-one came to his rescue; because one cannot use the same joke, trick or mischief all the time.

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