New Delhi: The official Twitter handle of BJP Bengal on Sunday shared a clip of Mamata Bannerjee reciting Islamic prayer at an event, questioning if she can recite Islamic prayer, why does she have a problem being greeted with Jai Shree Ram.

The party also questioned if this was an appeasement to Muslims. It shared the 12-second long video with the caption “If CM Mamata Banerjee can recite an Islamic prayer at a West Bengal government event, why does she have a problem being greeted with Jai Shree Ram? Appeasement? She disgraced Bengal and insulted Netaji’s legacy by her conduct at the event to commemorate Netaji’s anniversary”.

Banerjee can be heard saying in Bengali, “We pray to Allah that he keeps everyone well,” followed by the Islamic verse, “La illaha illallah, Mohammed ur Rasul Allah.” In the video.

BJP’s allegation was soon reported by Times Now and Zee News Ghanta also aired a similar broadcast over the issue. It was also amplified by BJP leaders Priti Gandhi, Manoj Kotak, and Akshay Singh. Shefali Vaidya also shared the video.

Upon investigation, it turned out that Mamata Banerjee had chanted Islamic verses but the video tweeted by BJP was clipped out of a much longer video that was posted by AITC in January 2018. The video is of the inauguration of Mati Utsav which the CM was inaugurating and had recited prayers of Hindus, Muslims, and Sikhs.

At 21:28 minutes, she prays to Hindu deity Durga to bring prosperity in everybody’s lives and goes on to chant, “Sarva Mangala Mangalye Shive Sarvartha Sadhike Sharanye Tryambake Gauri Narayani Namostute…” This is followed by Islamic prayers (22:00 minutes) that could be heard in the clipped video. At 21:15 minutes, she says, “May God bless all,” which is followed by the Sikh chants of “Wahe Guru Ji Da Khalsa, Wahe Guru Di Fateh.” In the end, she can says, “Saare jahan se acha Hindustan humara.”

BJP Bengal, therefore, tweeted a clipped video of Mamata Banerjee to portray her as a ‘Muslim sympathiser’.

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Mangaluru, July 31: The body of a 29-year-old man, reportedly missing since July 28, has been found, police said on Saturday.

Sathyavelu of Bengaluru had gone missing from Panemangalore in Dakshina Kannada district of Karnataka and his body was found in Kasaragod district of Kerala, the police said.

The 29-year-old employee of a private company in Bengaluru had left his house on the morning of July 28 and did not return, they said.

Following this, his mother lodged a complaint with the police.

Acting on the complaint, the police began investigations and said they have found a lone bike with its engine still running was recovered from near the new Panemangaluru Bridge.

Further investigations led to the discovery of the body in Kerala, the police said adding that they suspect it to be a case of suicide.