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Fact Check: Did police protest with posters in their hands saying 'we cannot lathi-charge innocent people'?

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The viral image showing police personnel sitting on protest with a poster in their hands saying 'we cannot lathi-charge innocent people' is photoshopped. The original image is from November 2, 2019, when a major clash broke out inside the Tis Hazari court premises between Delhi Police and lawyers, and the placard on the original photo says, 'we want justice.'

Recently, an image surfaced on social media platforms showing police personnel sitting on protest with a poster in their hands saying 'we cannot lathi-charge innocent people.' (translated from Hindi)

The State President Samajwadi Chhatra Sabha (SCS), Digvijay Singh 'Dev' tweeted the image saying 'the police do not lathi charge, the government gets it done.'

This tweet has been retweet over 1500 times. 

The image is also being shared on Facebook

A number of other users are sharing this image with the same caption.

The truth behind the claim

In our investigation, we found this claim to be false. The viral image is photoshopped. 

With the help of reverse image search, we found the original image which was captured on November 5, 2019, when police personnel marched to the Delhi police headquarters at ITO as a mark of protest over their leaderships handling of incidents of policemen being assaulted during clashes with lawyers.

We found this original photo used in an article by Scroll and was credited to the Press Trust Of India. The placard on the original photo says, 'we want justice.'

On November 2, 2019, a major clash broke out inside the Tis Hazari court premises between Delhi Police and lawyers, allegedly over a spat over parking. Both police officers and lawyers sustained serious injuries and several vehicles were damaged in clashes that shocked the entire country. 

In conclusion, the viral image showing police personnel sitting on protest with a poster in their hands saying 'we cannot lathi-charge innocent people' is photoshopped. The original image is from November 2, 2019, when a major clash broke out inside the Tis Hazari court premises between Delhi Police and lawyers, and the placard on the original photo says, 'we want justice.'

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