New Delhi: A photograph of a policeman stamping on a man’s face has been widely circulated online with the claim that the former is a Delhi Police personnel. The image is being shared on social media platforms with the hashtag #FarmersProtest, hinting that the incident occurred during the ongoing farmers’ protest against the three contentious agriculture laws.
Many users have tagged the official handle of the Commissioner of the Delhi Police, S.N. Shrivastava, and asked: “Is this thuggery encouraged during police training?”.
The photograph was also tweeted by one Ravinder Singh, founder and CEO of Khalsa Aid — a UK-based international NGO that provides humanitarian aid in disaster areas across the world — with a caption that read: “The reality of @CPDelhi !! Is this thuggery encouraged during police training? #FarmersProtest”
The reality of @CPDelhi !!
— ravinder singh (@RaviSinghKA) January 31, 2021
Singh’s tweet has been liked by over 4,500 times and retweeted more than 2,500 times.
According to ThePrint’s fake news checker, the image is not from the farmers’ protests but from an incident that took place nearly 10 years ago.
The image is of the Uttar Pradesh Police. It was reported that the image is from an incident in 2011, when the then Lucknow DIG, DK Thakur, had pushed former Samajwadi Party leader Anand Bhadauria to the ground and stamped on his face.
In collaboration with SM Hoaxslayer