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A 7-year-old image of a pro-Khalistan rally in Amritsar has been falsely linked to the farmers’ protest.

An image of a 2013 pro-Khalistan protest was falsely shared on social media stating that the image was taken from the ongoing farmer's protest.

An image of a 2013 pro-Khalistan protest was falsely shared on social media stating that the image was taken from the ongoing farmer's protest.The picture was taken in 2013, which was taken at a gathering at the Golden Temple to mark the 29th anniversary of Operation Blue Star, the code name for a military operation in 1984 sanctioned by then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi to flush out armed extremist Sikh leaders. Years after the operation, the region headed towards instability as Sikh leaders demanded a separate nation. Giani Harpreet Singh, the head of the religions' highest temporal seat, Akal Takht, said that all Sikhs want to see a separate nation, "Khalistan."

In 2020, the photo resurfaced again and was shared in the backdrop of widespread farmer protests in India against three new farm bills passed by the central government. The photo has been shared several times on Facebook and Twitter in different languages. The captions roughly translate to "they don't want to repeal farm laws. Instead, they want Khalistan."

Hence, the image of Khalistan activists holding placards in the anniversary celebration of Operation Blue Star was misled and circulated as the 2020 farmer's protest.

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