Claim: The body of Osama bin Laden has washed ashore in India.
Origins: Two days after Osama bin Laden was killed by U.S. forces in Pakistan in May 2011 and buried at sea, a rumor arose in Mandvi (a coastal city on the western edge of India) that the corpse of the terrorist had washed ashore there. Reported The Times of India, the misinformation began with a cell phone text message stating
The tale prompted curious local residents and journalists to rush to the shore. Local police began receiving calls asking
about the whispers, and in response started patrolling the coast.
Said police inspector
Possibly fueling the whispers was a real incident: the body of a local boy who had committed suicide had washed ashore four days previous.
The sea will not be giving up
the body was placed on a “prepared flat board, tipped up, whereupon the deceased’s body eased into the sea,” a senior Pentagon official told The Associated
Barbara “sea saw” Mikkelson
Last updated: 6 May 2011
Yusuf, Kulsum. “Osama Rumour Has Rajkot in a Tizzy.” The Times of India. 4 May 2011.