Amid the controversy surrounding suspended Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Spokesperson Nupur Sharma and her derogatory remarks against Prophet Muhammad, a video showing Naga Sadhus rallying on the streets in large numbers, is being shared on social media.
The claim states that the Sadhus, or the Hindu holy men, are extending their support to Sharma.
The caption shared with the viral video mentions that over 18 lakh Naga Sadhus are seen in the video, who came out in support of Nupur Sharma.
WHAT WE FOUND OUT
The video's title suggested that it was shot in 2021 when Naga Sadhus were proceeding for shahi snan at the Kumbh Mela in Uttarakhand's Haridwar.
Similarities can be noticed between the viral clip and the YouTube video from 2021.
We found another clearer video on Facebook, which was from the same location and showed a similar procession.
Taking a cue, we looked for 'Randhir Book Shop' in Haridwar, Uttarakhand to confirm the location and found the same shop's board on Google Maps.
Next, we also found a series of photos of the 2021 Kumbh Mela by news agency Reuters.
The Reuters report carried a picture of Naga Sadhus in Haridwar's Kumbh Mela, making their way towards the Ganges river to take a dip.
Further, we could not find any reports about Sadhus coming out to support Sharma's comments against Prophet Muhammad.
Evidently, an old video of Naga Sadhus from the 2021 Kumbh Mela is being falsely linked to them extending support to Nupur Sharma.