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The photo of a police officer trying to control a political protest in Lucknow in 2011 has made the rounds on social media as a police excess against anti-CAA protesters

It is often said that a picture is worth a thousand words. In some cases, it can be worth a lot more. Take, for example, this photo shared by several social media reports as an example of the misleading portrayal of police excesses against Muslims in India. On June 1st, FaceBook user Manisha Natheniel Maganji posted the above picture, titled “To be Muslim in India” and said “I can't breathe” to capture the sentiments of protesters in the US after George Flyod's death. The accompanying lettering makes an explicit statement, but leaves out important details such as the origin. Or when this incident happened. The context implied or attributed to this image on social media revolved around the anti-CAA protests that began in several parts of the country in late 2019. One of the epicentres of this protest was Delhi's Jamia Millia Islamia and the areas adjacent to it and later parts of northeast Delhi in December 2019. This photo is actually from 2011. The best part? It has nothing to do with Muslims! An India Today report said that this is the same photo shared on social media last December that accused Delhi police of attacking Jamia students. The photo actually comes from Hazratbal in Lucknow - in 2011. According to the India Today report quoting coverage of the incident is the person lying on the ground attacked by a police officer is NOT a Muslim. He is a Hindu Anand Bhadauria, the head of Lohia Vahini, the youth wing of the Samajwadi party. A report from The Quint entitled, “IPS Officer Stepping On Jamia Student? No, Image Is From Lucknow " also said that this photo “was from Lucknow and was taken during the protests of the youth wing of the Samajwadi Party, Lohia Vahini, against the arrest of party leader Akhilesh Yadav on March 9, 2011. " In some other media reports from this period, the date of this incident was set to March 9, 2011. One of the newspaper clippings available online shows this photo.