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Pro-Khalistan, pro-Pakistan slogans raised during farmers’ agitation, says BJP’s General Secretary for Punjab

The video was taken during a Pakistan Vs Afghanistan match on June 29, 2019, in UK

New Delhi: Amid the widespread protests by farmers mostly from Punjab against the new agricultural laws, BJP’s National General Secretary and the party’s in-charge for Punjab and Uttarakhand, Dushyant Kumar Gautam, has said that “Pro-Khalistan and pro-Pakistan slogans were being raised during the farmers’ agitation and such elements will be arrested.”

The Rajya Sabha MP claimed that the government is ready to talk to the protesting farmers but they are being “misguided by the Congress and other opposition parties”.

“Slogans of Khalistan zindabad, Pakistan zindabad are being raised there today. Slogans are being raised in favour of anti-national forces. You should think about who is behind these (protests),” Indian Express quoted Gautam as having said while addressing the media gathering at BJP office in Dehradun.

The video showing a group of men chanting pro-Khalistan, pro-Pakistan and anti-Modi slogans is going viral on social media with the claim that it is a scene from the farmers’ protest. The men, some of whom are wearing turbans, are also seen holding Pakistani flags and Khalistani banners.

The Hindi caption along with one such 15-second video translates to, “Raising anti-Modi slogans can be understood, but why slogans in favour of Pakistan and Khalistan? Is it farmers’ protest or Khalistani terror?”

However, a Delhi-based news organisation India Today in its Anti Fake News War Room later found that the video is from the ICC World Cup 2019 in the United Kingdom.

“Using InVID tool and appropriate keywords, we found a clearer version of the same video uploaded by a Twitter user on June 30, 2019. In this version of the video, it can be seen that the men are raising slogans from a gallery in a stadium,” it said.

As per news reports, this particular incident took place during a Pakistan vs Afghanistan match on June 29, 2019.

 

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