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Alcohol Being Served at Farmers' Protest? No, This Video is From Ludhiana

The video is from Ludhiana and shows a tradition of liquor being distributed each year at Baba Rodu Shah Dargah.

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A video showing a massive gathering and alcohol being distributed at an event is being linked to the ongoing farmers' protest.

The video is being massively shared online to claim that the reason behind large number of people attending these gatherings is not their concerns regarding the farm laws but 'alcohol'.

However, we found that the claim is false and the viral video is from Kaunke Kalan village in Jagraon tehsil in Punjab's Ludhiana district. The visuals show a tradition of liquor being distributed each year at the mela (fair) held at Baba Rodu Shah dargah.

CLAIM

Twitter user 'Renee Lynn' shared the video and wrote that it shows "drunk" people at farmers' protest and that the said protest is being "exposed".

<div class="paragraphs"><p>You can view the archived version <a href="https://archive.is/560EI">here</a>.</p></div>

You can view the archived version here.

(Source: Twitter/ Screenshot)

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Several social media users shared the video on Facebook and Twitter linking it to farmers' protest and the archived version of the posts can be viewed here, here, and here.

<div class="paragraphs"><p>The video is being shared by many social media users.</p></div>

The video is being shared by many social media users.

(Source: Facebook/ Twitter/ Screenshot)

The Quint received multiple queries about the video on its WhatsApp tipline.

WHAT WE FOUND OUT

We came across a tweet shared by independent journalist Sandeep Singh, who shared the video and clarified that the visuals are from Kaunke Kalan village in Ludhiana, Punjab.

<div class="paragraphs"><p>Screenshot of the tweet by Sandeep Singh.&nbsp;</p></div>

Screenshot of the tweet by Sandeep Singh. 

(Source: Twitter/Screenshot)

Speaking to The Quint's WebQoof team, Singh said that the video is from Baba Rodu Shah's Dargah located in the village.

"This video is from a mela (fair) that is held every year where alcohol is also distributed."
Sandeep Singh, Independent journalist

We then searched with relevant keywords in Punjabi and and came across a video uploaded by a page called 'Daily News Punjab' on Facebook on 7 September that showed similar visuals from the event.

<div class="paragraphs"><p>'Daily News Punjab' had uploaded visuals of the event on 7 September.</p></div>

'Daily News Punjab' had uploaded visuals of the event on 7 September.

(Source: Facebook/ Screenshot)

Ranjit Singh Rana, managing director of 'Daily News Punjab,' after viewing the viral visuals, told us that they are from the same event held in Kaunke Kalan village and that they are being falsely linked to the farmers' protest.

He reiterated that distribution of alcohol is an old tradition and is followed every year.

LIVE VISUALS FROM LUDHIANA & VIRAL VIDEO — IT'S A MATCH!

Further, we came across a LIVE posted on Facebook on 6 September with the caption: "Baba rodu ji mele.(sic)"

While the caption didn't identify the location, we could match these live with the ones shared by 'Daily News Punjab' to establish that it's from Kaunke Kalan village.

<div class="paragraphs"><p>Left: Live visuals. Right: Daily News Punjab video.&nbsp;</p></div>

Left: Live visuals. Right: Daily News Punjab video. 

(Photo: Altered by The Quint)

Next, we matched the visuals in the viral video with that of the live feed and the one uploaded by 'Daily News Punjab.'

<div class="paragraphs"><p>Visuals have been marked to show the similarities between the three.</p></div>

Visuals have been marked to show the similarities between the three.

(Photo: Altered by The Quint)

<div class="paragraphs"><p>Visuals have been marked to show the similarities between the three.</p></div>

Visuals have been marked to show the similarities between the three.

(Photo: Altered by The Quint)

POLICE & LOCAL REPORTER CALL OUT VIRAL CLAIM

Harpreet Singh, Station House Officer (SHO), Kaunke Kalan, too, corroborated the details that we had found and said:

"This video is not related to the farmers' protest. Each year, there is a fair at a religious site in Kaunke Kalan and it took place on 5-6 September this year. This video is from the Baba Rodu Shah dargah and the alcohol is distributed as prasad at this gathering."
Harpreet Singh, SHO, Kaunke Kalan

We also contacted Jasbir Brar, a local reporter, who reiterated the same.

Evidently, a video of alcohol being distributed at a gathering in a village in Ludhiana was falsely linked to farmers' protest.

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