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Video of crowd at Pakistani cleric’s funeral shared as protesting farmers


CLAIM
A drone footage of a large crowd is being circulated on social media platforms with the claim that a sea of farmers gathered to attend Kisan Mahapanchayat rally in Muzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh.

It should be noted on September 5, 2021, a number of farmers streamed into Muzaffarnagar for the Samyukt Kisan Morcha’s largest mahapanchayat so far to protest against the Centre’s controversial farm laws
In the rally, Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait declared his determination to oust the BJP government in Uttar Pradesh next year by tapping into rural anger and uniting farmers and workers across religion and caste.
TRUTH
The video is an aerial footage from the funeral of controversial and extremely radical Pakistani cleric Khadim Hussain Rizvi, who passed away in November, 2020.
It has got nothing to do with farmer protests or rallies in India.
VERIFICATION AND METHODOLOGY
On closer inspection, we observed a large minaret like structure in the background (circled in red), which appeared like Lahore’s Minar-e-Pakistan.

Then using Google Chrome’s InVID extension, we broke the viral video into keyframes and ran reverse-image search on them via different search engines.
It led us to the same video posted by YouTube channel ‘Madni Digital Sound Islamabad’ on November 20, 2020.
Titled ‘Live view of Janaza khadim Hussain rizvi’, the video had the exact same visuals and length.

On digging further, we found another video uploaded to the official YouTube channel of Pakistan’s renowned news outlet 24 News HD.
Titled ‘More Than 2 Lac World Attendees At Khadim Rizvi Funeral’, it was uploaded on November 21, 2020. At 7:18 in the video one can see the same visuals as shared in viral clipping above.

Times of India too reported about Rizvi’s funeral in Lahore (hence Minar-e-Pakistan in the background) and its impact on his extremist movement in November last year.

VERDICT
Times Fact Check has found that a drone shot from the funeral of fanatic Pakistani cleric Khadim Hussain Rizvi is being shared with the false claim that it shows huge turnout of farmers to attend Kisan Mahapanchayat.





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