New Delhi: A video showing a crowd shouting ‘Khalistan Zindabad’ has gone viral on social media platforms with the claim that the incident took place after Aam Aadmi Party’s win in the Punjab assembly elections.
The clip has been shared on Twitter, Facebook and other platforms with captions suggesting that Khalistan separatists have been carrying out rallies and had renewed their demand for a sovereign state for the Sikhs.
*पंजाब मे केजरीवाल के सरकार बनते ही खालिस्तानीओ का खेल खालिस्तान की मांग शुरू हो गया वामपंथी कांग्रेस आमदमी पार्टी के समर्थक है ये देशद्रोही खालिस्तान समर्थक 😣👇👇👇* pic.twitter.com/6DOatPyEWY
— Vikram Singh (@Vicky30859352) March 12, 2022
Sunil Mittal, BJP district head of North West Delhi, also shared the video Saturday and claimed that “changes have begun” in Punjab after AAP government’s takeover. Mittal is followed by BJP leaders Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga and Kapil Mishra, among others.
— Sunil Mittal 🇮🇳 (@TheSunilMittal) March 12, 2022
The official Facebook account of Dr Mamraj Pundir, former education minister of Himachal Pradesh, also shared the video with a caption that said the “Khalistani protest” was “a gift from the new AAP government”. The post has been viewed over 2,600 times.
Some users also called CM Kejriwal “Kejruddin” and accused him of being a traitor.
The video was, in fact, uploaded on 22 February, days after the death of actor Deep Sidhu in an accident.
It was found that the clip was uploaded several times between 22 and 24 February with the claim that the protest took place in Punjab’s Bathinda after Sidhu’s death on 15 February.
Several users who had shared the clip earlier accused the late actor of having close ties with Khalistani elements. Many users also pointed out that the protesters were holding Sidhu’s posters along with Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, who was involved in a violent campaign demanding autonomy for a separate Sikh state, in the 1990s.
Jay Hai Deep Sidhu ki Sachai🤬🤬🤬. Aur ham kahate hain Jai Hind Jai Bharat pic.twitter.com/h2sDPhykAV
— Sonu chaudhary (@Sonucha6641) February 22, 2022
Another part of the rally in Punjab to demand Khalistan.
This rally was held in Bathinda with posters of Terrorist Bhindranwale & Actor Deep Sidhu.
Now, Khalistanis are using the death of actor Deep Sidhu to revive Khalistan movement. pic.twitter.com/5YncoQtlWO
— Anshul Saxena (@AskAnshul) February 24, 2022
On examination, however, it was found that the protesters were carrying posters with the actor’s photograph and the words ‘Justice for Sidhu’. However, there was no evidence of an association between the actor and Khalistani separatists.