Fake news of former PM Atal Behari Vajpayee’s death spreads like wildfire on social media

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The Hush Post: A fake news about the death of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee went viral on the social media and networking sites on Friday.

Atal Bihari Vajpayee
Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Photo courtesy The Hindu

There are multiple versions of the death report floating around on WhatsApp, as well as on other social media platforms, India Today online reported on Friday.

However, the news about the death of 93-year-old BJP stalwart could not be confirmed, report said.

In past also, rumours of Vajpayee’s death had gone viral several times. In 2015, the headmaster of a primary school in Balasore district of Odisha went quite far with his speculation on Vajpayee’s death.

After getting the misinformation that Vajpayee was dead from a fellow teacher, headmaster Kamalakanta Das went to the extent of holding a memorial for the first Prime Minister from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), and declaring a school holiday.

Later, Das was suspended after some locals complained to the District Collector about his ‘memorial’ service.

Notably, Vajpayee is based at his residence in New Delhi, where he turned immobile after suffering a stroke in 2009. The former PM reportedly suffers from dementia and diabetes and is confined to a wheelchair and remains isolated from public life.

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