Old video showing people running away with yoga mats resurfaces; Fact Check

A video clip of the Hindi news channel Aaj Tak is being shared on social media showing people running away with yoga mats soon after the International Yoga Day celebrations, usually done on June 21 each year.

The post said the incident took place on Yoga Day on June 21, 2021 in Rohtak, Haryan as below:

“*योगा करने के बाद* से *भाजपाइयों ने लूट ली सारी चटाईयां, मैट व गद्दे।* भारत का यही चरित्र पूरे विश्व में हंसी का पात्र बनाता है। चटाई भी made in china चटाई लूटने वालों का कहना था वे यह सबक अपने राजा से सीखे हैं। *नँगे नहाएंगे क्या और निचोड़ेंगे क्या?”  (After doing Yoga, BJP people looted all the mats provided by organisers. It shows the character of India that makes the whole world laugh. Moreover, the mats are made in China. The looters said they have learnt it from their king.)

 

FACT CHECK

Digiteye India took it up for fact checking and a search on Youtube showed that the video was old one dated 2019 as participants are clearly seen without wearing any mask as was done this year due to the Covid pandemic.

A Reverse Image Search based on a clip showed that the original ‘Aaj Tak’ clip that was aired on its YouTube channel on June 21, 2019. When played that clip, the clip begins at 4:20 min after starting it. Here is the original video.

The news report stated that people took away the yoga mats from the venue where Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Haryana Chief Minister ML Khattar had participated in the programme for International Day of Yoga in 2019. It was reported by news agency ANI with the clip here in 2019:

As seen this year, many yoga session on this day were held with people wearing masks.

Conclusion: The video was old and re-used to discredit the Yoga Day on June 21, 2021.

About Arun Nag

Arun is with Digiteye India since the beginning as the main source for re-writing stories and for re-checking the facts and images. He writes on general and political issues. He can be reached at admin@digiteye.in or softmediahub@gmail.com

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