Fact Check: This picture of Sikhs tending to underprivileged is NOT related to the ongoing migrant crisis

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Amid the ongoing migrant crisis in the country due to the Coronavirus-induced lockdown, a heartwarming picture of persons from the Sikh community tending to underprivileged people is doing the rounds on social media.
The text accompanying the picture, claims that the Sikhs were providing medical aid to the wounded legs of migrant labourers, who were on their way home.
Sikhs who apply some medicine to the wounded legs of migrant labourers who are walking and walking through the relentless highways towards their original homes…There can never be an ideal religion beyond humanism; beyond love and care for fellow human beings. My respects for these great people..the caption read.

At the time of filing the report, the above post had around 20,000 shares on Facebook.


NewsMobile Fact-checked the above picture and found that it is old.
On putting the image through Reverse Image Search, we found the same picture was shared by Twitter user  Harjinder Singh Kukreja in 2017.
According to the tweet, the picture was taken outside Gurdwara Sahib Sis Ganj, Delhi.
“Every morning, Sikh Paramedics, Doctors and volunteers sit outside Gurdwara Sahib Sis Ganj, Delhi (on the footpath). They clean the wounds, apply bandages, and give medicine to the poor and those in need. They distribute tea too 🙏🏽 #Waheguru via @SwatLondon” he tweeted.

Back then, the tweet quickly caught the attention and was retweeted by many, including some Bollywood actors like Rishi Kapoor and Ayushmann Khurrana.

 The story was also pictured by many media outlets. You can read more reports here.

We came across several reports on how the Sikh community has come forward to aid the migrant workers and provide them with food and other essentials.
It is clear that the picture being circulated is OLD and has no connection to the ongoing migrant exodus.

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