Fact Check: Picture from 2016 shared with recent Bengaluru violence link

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Following the violence in Bengaluru on the night of August 11-12, 2020, which claimed at least three lives, pictures and videos started making rounds on social media.
A post talking about the cause of the recent violence shared a picture of a burning truck while the crowd can be seen around it.
At the time of filing the report, the post was shared by more than 3,700 Facebook users.

More such posts can be seen here, here and here.


NewsMobile fact-checked the post and found it to be misleading.
While the post rightly states the incident that triggered the violence, the picture attached to the post is old.
We ran a search and found the same picture featured in an article by LiveMint dated 2016. According to the caption, the picture was taken in Bengaluru following the Cauvery verdict.

“Bus services were affected for many days after the 12 September violence in Bengaluru following the Cauvery verdict. Photo: AFP, ” the picture caption read.
Taking a cue from the above, we searched and found the original image on Getty Images.

The image description read: Onlookers watch as a truck from neighbouring state Tamil Nadu burns after it was set alight by agitated pro-Karnataka activists as the Cauvery water dispute erupted following the Supreme Court’s order to release water to Tamil Nadu, in Bangalore on September 12, 2016. Cauvery water agitation in Karnataka has been increasing ever since the recent Supreme Court order to the state to release 15,000 cusecs of Cauvery water a day to neighbouring state, Tamil Nadu. Karnataka is facing an acute shortage of water in its reservoirs and rivers as the state has only received subpar rainfall in the catchment areas leading to protests by farmers and pro Kannada organisations refusing to share water with its neighbouring state. / AFP / MANJUNATH KIRAN (Photo credit should read MANJUNATH KIRAN/AFP via Getty Images)
Based on the above fact-check, we can conclude that the post in question is misleading.

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