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Fact Check: A video from 2018 falsely linked to the ongoing farmers' protestc

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An old-unrelated video from 2018 showing a man sprinkling water on wheat sacks is being falsely linked to the ongoing farmers' protest. 

In the backdrop of the ongoing farmers' protest in the country, a video has surfaced on social media platforms showing a man sprinkling water on wheat sacks claiming that this is what farmers are doing in Punjab to speed up the rotting process and then sell these grains to distilleries and breweries.

A Facebook user shared the video with a caption saying, "FCI storage yards with wheat bought at MSP. This is the scene across Punjab. Water is sprinkled on wheat bags to make the grain rot and it is then sold to distilleries and breweries by the 5 Star farmers who are agitating on the Delhi border. There is big money involved."

The video is being widely shared on Facebook with the same claim. 

Several Twitter users are sharing the video with the same claim. 

The truth behind the claim 

In our investigation, we found this claim to be false. The video shows an incident that took place in 2018 in Haryana’s Fatehabad district. Several news reports also pointed out that the person in the video is not a farmer. The incident allegedly happened at a granary owned by a trader associated with the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD).

With the help of reverse image search using the keyframes of the video, we found a news report by Times Of India in 2019 stating that the video was going viral back then too with the claim that the man pouring water on food grain bags to increase its weight.

On further investigation, we found a video report by ABP News dating back to May 2018, according to which the Fatehabad Market Committee had taken cognizance of the matter and was investigating the viral clip. The Market Committee's initial investigation had found that the clip was from the Fatehabad Anaj Mandi at shop no 124 B where in order to increase the weight of wheat to increase profit water was being sprayed. The report further stated that the shop is owned by an Indian National Lok Dal leader Kuljit Kuladiya and the matter is being investigated.

The incident was also reported by Punjab Kesari and News 18 Hindi in April 2018.

In conclusion, an old-unrelated video from 2018 showing a man sprinkling water on wheat sacks is being falsely linked to the ongoing farmers' protest. 

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