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Fact Check: Were youth brutally thrashed during recent protest over unemployment in Lucknow?

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Old pictures of the injured youth being falsely shared to show that youths were brutally thrashed by UP Police during recent demonstrations on the issue of increasing unemployment.

Recently, students and youths help protest across Uttar Pradesh including in Capital Luckow on the issue of increasing unemployment. In the backdrop of this, an image went viral on social media platforms showing an injured youth with the claim that the image is from Lucknow where the police brutally thrashed the unemployed students who were protesting. 

A user named Siddharth shared the image saying 'Yogi Adityanath giving jobs to unemployed youth in Lucknow.'

A set of images along with the viral image were shared on a Facebook page with the same caption. 

The truth behind the claim 

In our investigation, we found that these images are from young job-seeking aspirants protesters outside the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly in November 2018.

With the help of reverse image year, we came across a tweet by Rahul Gandhi which image of a heavily bleeding youth shared on November 3, 2018. 

The second and the third image were also shared by Twitter users back in November 2018. There are many other photos in these posts as well. According to the information given in the post, all these pictures are of the protests in Lucknow.

In our further research, we found a photo gallery published on November 2, 2018, on the website of 'Amar Ujala', in which other pictures of this protest have been used. According to the information provided with the photo gallery, there was a demonstration on the assembly in Lucknow of Uttar Pradesh regarding the recruitment of 68500 assistant teachers. The protesters involved in this protest were lathi-charged by the police, in which many people were injured.

Moreover, we did not find any news report one stating that people were injured in recent demonstrations in Lucknow. 

In conclusion, old pictures of the injured youth being falsely shared to show that youths were brutally thrashed by UP Police during recent demonstrations on the issue of increasing unemployment.

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