Karnataka: A heroic rescue attempt by Muslim youth was communalized

Written by Vamc Vadranam

Karnataka: In a heroic attempt, three Muslim youth rescued a man, who jumped in to the Netravati River, attempting suicide. According to the The News Minute (TNM) report , the incident happened near Panemangaluru bridge, Dakshina Kannada district of Karnataka.  When Nishant (28), a resident of Kalladka jumped in to the river,  Mohammad, Arif, Shameer, Thouseef, Zaheed and Mukhtar from Bantwal  jumped in and brought Nishant out of the river alive. Unfortunately, Nishant succumbed in the government hospital in Bantwal.

“I just wanted to save his life. I got a call saying that someone has jumped into the river and I immediately came to the bridge and jumped into the river to try and rescue him” .  (-Mohammed, one of the rescuer and a local fisherman told TNM )

The  video of the men rescuing Nishant went viral on social media.

Hours after the video went viral, a screenshot of an alleged tweet by BJP MP Shobha Karandlaje claiming that, (translated from Kannada-)”Received an information that jihadis had allegedly murdered Hindu organisation’s Nishanth from Kalladka”. I have already asked Amit Shah to initiate action against the jihadis” was doing rounds in social media giving the incident a communal spin and accusing the men of murdering Nishant.


Responding to the alleged screenshot, MP Shobha has tweeted that,” I have not made any statement or tweet of this nature trying to portray the edited tweet as mine”.

The screenshot was shared by several Twitter users.

SP BM Laxmi Prasad from Dakshina Kannada said that they have started investigating the matter. The police are investigating if the tweet was posted by Shobha Karandlaje or some miscreants have edited the tweet to spread communal hatred.

Conclusion: While many were appreciating the courage of the Muslim youth, who risked their lives to rescue Nishant, it is very sad to see that some are trying to give the incident a communal spin and mislead people.  The police are investigating the tweet. The post will be updated in the future with the details of the police investigation.

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Vamc Vadranam

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