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Fact Check: Anti-national elements were not invited to the Congress program in London, they did not raise slogans in support of Congress

Supporters of Khalistan barged into the Indian Overseas Congress UK Mega Conference in London by dodging the security. They raised anti-national slogans there. In response, Congress supporters raised slogans of ‘Congress Party Zindabad’. The video is going viral with the wrong claim.

  • By Vishvas News
  • Updated: June 15, 2022

New Delhi (Vishvas News). A 26-second video is being shared on social media. In this, along with ‘Congress Party Zindabad’, anti-national slogans can also be heard. Users are sharing this and claiming that Khalistan supporters reached Rahul Gandhi’s meeting in London. And there they raised ‘Congress Party Zindabad’ and anti-national slogans.

Vishvas News in its investigation found that the viral video is from August 2018. Four Khalistani supporters had reached Rahul Gandhi’s program by dodging the security personnel. There they raised anti-national slogans, while Congress supporters raised slogans of ‘Congress Party Zindabad’ in response. Khalistan supporters did not raise slogans of ‘Congress Party Zindabad’. Users are making the video viral with the wrong claim.

What’s in the viral post

While sharing the video on June 8, Facebook user Yogesh Patel (Archive Version) wrote, “Translated: How do I hand over my country to the Congress, you only tell… Khalistani terrorists reached Rahul Gandhi’s meeting in London, raised slogans of Congress Party Zindabad and Hindustan Murdabad… Send it to all the groups you have

Investigation

To check the viral video, we searched with keywords. We found news published on ABP live on 26 August 2018. According to this story, in the meeting of Rahul Gandhi in Britain, Khalistan supporters raised slogans of ‘Khalistan Zindabad’. This incident happened before the arrival of Rahul Gandhi. The three Khalistan supporters were thrown out of the gathering by the Scotland Yard police. This incident happened in the meeting of Indian Overseas Congress. When Khalistan supporters raised anti-national slogans, the Cong supporters present there raised slogans of ‘Congress Zindabad’ in response.

According to the news published in Aaj Tak on 26 August 2018, the Indian Overseas Congress UK Mega Conference was held at Riceslip, West London. Three Khalistan supporters entered the program and raised slogans in support of Khalistan. Before the arrival of Rahul Gandhi, the police threw them out of the meeting. Meanwhile, the people present there raised slogans in support of Congress.

On 27 August 2018, Times of India reported that four Khalistani supporters entered Rahul Gandhi’s program by dodging the security personnel. The event was held at the Ramada Hotel in South Rislip, West London. In this, Congress supporters of Indian origin had reached. Before the arrival of Rahul Gandhi on Saturday night, the police forced the four people out of the gathering. Shortly before the event, the organizers of the event announced from the stage that there are some people here who have not been called. The organiser also asked them to leave the meeting.

According to a video news uploaded on India Today’s YouTube channel on 26 August 2018, Khalistani supporters barged into the gathering before Rahul Gandhi arrived. They raised anti-national slogans there, while Congress supporters raised slogans in support of Congress and Rahul Gandhi. Khalistani supporters had reached there without invitation.

For more confirmation, we spoke to Times of India journalist Naomi Canton covering the event in London. She says, ‘I was present there throughout the program. Khalistani supporters were not invited there. They had entered by dodging the security. A man called the police after being suspicious. Their aim was to disrupt the meeting. When the police was taking them away from the meeting, they raised slogans of ‘Khalistan Zindabad’. Meanwhile, people present in the meeting raised slogans in support of Rahul Gandhi and Congress.

We scanned the profile of Facebook user ‘Yogesh Patel‘, who made the video viral with a false claim. According to this, he lives in Mumbai and is active on Facebook since February 2011.

Conclusion: Supporters of Khalistan barged into the Indian Overseas Congress UK Mega Conference in London by dodging the security. They raised anti-national slogans there. In response, Congress supporters raised slogans of ‘Congress Party Zindabad’. The video is going viral with the wrong claim.

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