Fact Check: Salman Khan did not call Sushant Singh Rajput a coward

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A picture post is doing the rounds on social media in which a quote has been attributed to Bollywood actor Salman Khan. The post suggests that Salman has called Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput a coward.
The post is going viral in the wake of outrage amongst people against a section of Bollywood following the death of Sushant Singh Rajput in June 2019.

The quote attributed to Salman read: “Suicide is not a solution, Sushant is a pure coward, That is why he committed suicide. And some jobless Indian people are supporting Sushant every day. As a result, many more cowards like Sushant will be created in India. Stop supporting Sushant”

At the time of filing this report, the above post was shared over 1,600 times.

FACT CHECK

NewsMobile fact-checked the above post and found it to be misleading.
We started our investigation by putting the exact statement through a Google search, and we did not find any substantial results surrounding the statement.

Taking our investigation further, we ran a search with keywords such as ‘Salman Khan’, ‘Sushant Singh Rajput’, ‘Coward’ etc. In the search, we did not find any authentic report/video suggesting that Salman made the above statement.

Moreover, considering Salman’s popularity, it would have been breaking news if he had called Sushant a coward.
On scanning Salman’s Twitter handle (@BeingSalmanKhan) we found two tweets by him about Sushant Singh Rajput following his demise.
In a tweet on June 14, 2020, Salman had condoled the death of Sushant Singh Rajput.


Also, a few days later on June 20, 2020, he had urged his fans to support and stand with Sushant Singh Rajput’s family.


In conclusion, the above information establishes that the quote in question has been falsely attributed to Salman Khan.

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