A five-year-old image from Patna is used to claim that Bharat Bandh was a failure in Surat in September 2021.
Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) had called for Bharat bandh to mark one year of farm laws. That day, a hashtag named #भारत_खुला_है (India is open) was trending on Twitter, with several users posting pictures claiming that the bandh was unsuccessful and business was as usual. One such tweet posted an image with the caption, "My city is fully open. Surat do not support Bharat bandh."
Upon verification with a simple reverse image search, we found that the image posted in the tweet is at least five years old. It was published by the website Patna Beats in 2016, which reported on launching the odd-even parking scheme in Patna. The image has been published as a stock image by various other media outlets, including Dainik Bhaskar.
The bandh was largely peaceful in Gujarat, according to media reports. Meanwhile traffic on the Surat-Mumbai national highway was blocked for some time due to farmers' protests.
We mark the claim as false as an unrelated image is used to claim that bandh did not affect the city of Surat.