Old Clip of Protesters Attacking Police Falsely Linked to Farmers' Protests

This video predates the farmers' protests and is from Punjab.

2 min read

A video showing several protesters attacking police personnel with swords is being shared on social media, where users are linking it to the ongoing farmers' protests happening near Delhi.

This video predates the farmers' protests and is from Punjab.

An archive can be seen here.

(Source: X/Screenshot)

(Archives of similar claims can be seen here and here.)

What's the truth?: This video is unrelated to the farmers' protests and shows a clash between two groups over the removal of a poster of late Sikh separatist Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale in Punjab’s Tarn Taran.


How did we find out the truth?: We performed a reverse image search on some of the keyframes of the video, which led us to a post on Instagram.

  • The video matched with the viral video and this was shared on 31 January.

  • This predates the dates of commencement of the farmers' protest which started off on 13 February.

This video predates the farmers' protests and is from Punjab.

This is a screenshot of the old post.

(Source: Instagram/Screenshot)

  • We scanned through the comment section of the viral video and found a comment that stated that this video is from the Tarn Taran district of Punjab.

  • Another comment stated that it shows a conflict happening in Patiala, Punjab.

  • Screenshot of the reply.

    (Source: X/Screenshot)

  • Taking a cue, we performed a relevant keyword search and came across reports shared by Hindustan Times and Deccan Herald on 29 January.

  • The report stated that clashes were witnessed at Gurdwara Janam Asthan Baba Deep Singh at Pahuwind village in Tarn Taran district, Punjab.

  • It added that this clash between Sikh youths and supporters of the president of the managing committee started over the removal of a portrait of slain 'militant preacher' Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale from the premises of the Gurdwara.

Comparing the visuals: We found another report by Jagran about the same incident which carried a photo from the clash.

  • We compared the two visuals and found the same car and people around it.

  • We found a video report by News18 Punjab/Haryana/Himachal shared on 29 January, and it also showed similar visuals from different angles.

This video predates the farmers' protests and is from Punjab.

We noticed the same car with its trunk door open.

(Source: Altered by The Quint)

Conclusion: An old video of a clash between people and the police in Punjab is being falsely linked to the ongoing farmers' protests.

(Not convinced of a post or information you came across online and want it verified? Send us the details on WhatsApp at 9540511818 , or e-mail it to us at and we'll fact-check it for you. You can also read all our fact-checked stories here.)

(At The Quint, we are answerable only to our audience. Play an active role in shaping our journalism by becoming a member. Because the truth is worth it.)

Speaking truth to power requires allies like you.
Become a Member
Read More