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Fact Check: Truth behind the viral image showing African men asking justice for SSR

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Summary

An image of Nigerian men holding placards with slogans seeking justice for actor Sushant Singh Rajput is photoshopped. The original image is from Nigeria where Nigerians protested against the police unit named 'Special Anti Robbery Squad' (SARS).

On October 14, 2020, after four months of actor Sushant Singh Rajput's tragic death, his fans paid him tribute through the hashtag '#ImmortalSushant'.

In the backdrop of this, a picture of some African youth holding placards on social media is going viral on social media platforms. The image is being shared with the same claim that they are seeking justice for actor Sushant Singh Rajput. Slogans such as 'Justice for Sushant', 'Kill Nepotism' and 'We don't Justice, RIP Sushant Singh Rajput' are seen on placards of African youth.

The image was shared on a Twitter page named Sushant in our hearts forever(SSRF) with a caption, "Thank You Nigeria."

This tweet has been retweeted over 50 times.

A number of other users are sharing the same image with the same caption. 

The image is being widely shared on Twitter as well as on Facebook

The truth behind the claim 

In our investigation, we found this claim to be false. The viral image is photoshopped. The SSR slogans have been digitally written on the placards by editing the original photos.

With the help of a reverse image search,  we found it in a CNN report carrying the original image. According to the report dated October 13, 2020, the Nigerian men were seen in the viral photo were demonstrating against the police unit named 'Special Anti Robbery Squad' (SARS) accusing them of vandalism there with placards saying '#Reform Police Disband SARS', '#SARS authorized criminals’ and  ‘#A criminal has dignity to life until found guilty.'


According to a report by the Guardian, the SARS Police Unit was formed in 1992 to curb robbery and barbaric crime in Nigeria. This unit had many exclusive rights. Later, the unit faced serious charges like illegally torturing and killing people. In early October, a video emerged in which some policemen were seen shooting a person. The policemen seen in this video were told to be linked to SARS and following this, protests against SARS started in Nigeria.

In conclusion, an image of Nigerian men holding placards with slogans seeking justice for actor Sushant Singh Rajput is photoshopped. The original image is from Nigeria where Nigerians protested against the police unit named 'Special Anti Robbery Squad' (SARS).

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