Did The SPG Shoot A Beggar To Protect Rajiv Gandhi?

A video is viral with this claim, in the backdrop of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 'security breach' event.

An Associated Press(AP) footage of an event, headed by former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, being interrupted due to a shooting, is viral on social media with the claim that the video shows Gandhi's personal guards from the Special Protection Group (SPG) accidentally mistaking a beggar for a threat, and shooting him.

BOOM found this claim to be false; we traced the footage in AP's video archive, which stated that the shooting heard in the video was by a lone gunman who tried to assassinate Gandhi. According to news reports, he was captured alive by the SPG.

Bharatiya Janata Party leader Neeraj Jain shared the video with the Hindi caption,"राजीव गांधी PM थे। राजघाट पर प्रार्थना के लिए गए थे तभी झाड़ियों में कुछ हलचल हुई एक व्यक्ति SPG को नजर आया तुरंत Spg ने गोली चला दी ! बाद में पता चला कि वह व्यक्ति एक भिखारी था ! आज यही कांग्रेसी कह रहे हैं क्या ⁦@narendramodi⁩ पर किसी ने पत्थर फेंके क्या किसी ने गोली चलाई"

English translation: "Rajiv Gandhi was the PM. He went to the Rajghat for prayer, SPG saw someone and immediately open fired! Later it was found that the man was a beggar. Today this is what Congressmen are saying, did anyone throw stones at @narendramodi, did anyone fire."

Also Read: Sambit Patra Targets SP With Photos Of Dilapidated UP Schools From BJP Tenure


Click here to view an archive of the tweet.

We did a Twitter search with some keywords from the Hindi caption to find multiple posts containing the same AP video, along with the viral narrative.


The same was viral on Facebook as well.


These posts are viral in the backdrop of the recent 'security breach' of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, after his convoy was blocked by protesters at a flyover in Punjab, during one of his visits to the state.

Also Read: Viral Video Promoting Dry Ginger As COVID Cure Lacks Evidence

Fact Check

BOOM looked for the footage in AP's archive by searching with keywords "Associated Press rajiv gandhi shooting".

The first result we got was the viral footage uploaded by AP's very own YouTube channel.

According to the caption of the video, the footage was shot on October 2, 1986, on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti, with Rajiv Gandhi leading a prayer session. "Gandhi, was shot at by a Sikh hiding in a gazebo," the caption read.

We searched for news reports on this incident, and came across an article by Los Angeles Times on the event. The article read, "a man hiding atop a vine-covered gazebo fired a homemade pistol at him and President Zail Singh."

The article mentioned that the identity of the attacker was unknown, and that he was a lone gunman without any affiliation to extremist groups.

The same was also reported by the Washington Post, which said that the gunman "initially had identified himself as Manmohan Desai, but then changed his name several times".

Also Read: No, Bill Gates Did Not Call For Withdrawal Of COVID-19 Vaccines

Claim :   Video shows the SPG guards of Rajiv Gandhi accidentally shoot a beggar to protect him.
Claimed By :  Neeraj Jain, Twitter, Facebook
Fact Check :  False
If you value our work, we have an ask:

Our journalists work with TruthSeekers like you to publish fact-checks, explainers, ground reports and media literacy content. Much of this work involves using investigative methods and forensic tools. Our work is resource-intensive, and we rely on our readers to fund our work. Support us so we can continue our work of decluttering the information landscape.

BECOME A MEMBER
📧 Subscribe to our newsletter here.

📣You can also follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Youtube, Linkedin and Google News

📝Stay updated with all our latest fact check stories.
Show Full Article
Next Story
Our website is made possible by displaying online advertisements to our visitors.
Please consider supporting us by disabling your ad blocker. Please reload after ad blocker is disabled.

Hey, Check these before you go!

×