Going viral on social media are reports claiming that former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee has died.
There are multiple versions of the death report floating around on WhatsApp, as well as on other social media platforms.
So far, the report of the 93-year-old BJP leader’s death remains unconfirmed.
After getting the misinformation that Vajpayee was dead from a fellow teacher, headmaster Kamalakanta Das went to the extent of holding a memorial in Vajpayee’s memory, and declaring a school holiday.
Das was placed under suspension after some locals complained to the District Collector about his ‘memorial’ service.
As for the current reports, this is one of the many forwarded messages going around on WhatsApp announcing Vajpayee’s death: