This photo was taken after a militant attack in Indian Kashmir in 2013

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A photo that shows a pool of blood on a street has been shared in multiple Facebook posts that claim it was taken after Indian farmers were attacked by police during a protest in north India in August 2021. The image, however, has been shared in a misleading context. The original photo was in fact taken after an Indian paramilitary soldier was killed in a militant attack in Kashmir in 2013.

The image was shared here on Facebook on August 29, 2021.

The post’s Hindi caption reads: “It's very sad that the blood of farmers is on the street. Before coming to power, they used to make numerous claims about farmer benefits, now when in power, you can see what is happening.”

Screenshot of a misleading Facebook post, taken on September 16, 2021

The image began to circulate online a day after farmers clashed with police in the northern Indian state of Haryana protesting over farm laws, Indian news outlet The Quint reported.

According to this report by Indian news agency Press Trust of India (PTI), some of the farmers were left with bloody wounds.

The same image was shared alongside a similar claim here and here on Facebook; here and here on Twitter.

However, the image has been shared in a misleading context.

A reverse image search found the original photo from PTI published here on The Indian Express news website about an Indian paramilitary soldier being killed in Kashmir in 2013. The story is titled “CISF jawan killed in militant attack in Srinagar.”

The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) is a paramilitary force in India.

Srinagar is the summer capital of Indian administered Kashmir.

Below is a screenshot comparison of the photo in the misleading post (L) and the Indian Express photo (R):

Screenshot comparison of the photo in the misleading post (L) and the Indian Express photo (R)

A militant attacked an Indian paramilitary soldier in Srinagar in Indian Kashmir on September 23, 2013, Indian news magazine Outlook reported.

The original photo was also published here in the PTI website's archives on the same day.

The photo caption reads: “Police personnel washing blood stains where two CISF personnel were killed by unidentified militants near Iqbal Park in Srinagar on Monday. Photo by S Irfan.”

Screenshot of the photo published in PTI archives
September 16, 2021 This article was updated to modify the header image.
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