A man has been arrested by Gangavati town police in Koppal district of north Karnataka for allegedly posting a morphed photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on a social media site.
The photo showed Modi bowing to the feet of Telangana Legislative Assembly member Akbaruddin Owaisi from All-India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) party.
Akbaruddin Owaisi is the brother of Hyderabad parliamentarian Asaduddin Owaisi.
Police said they had registered a case under Section 153 A of the IPC (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language etc and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony). Mohammed Mehboob had uploaded the picture as his FB profile picture on May 7, police said. BJP workers, who noticed the picture complained about it, they added.
Mehboob claims that he did not morph the picture and that his friends sent it.
The action against the youth was taken on a complaint filed by BJP activists, who had noticed the picture posted on Facebook by Mehboob.
Mehboob has told police that he had received the picture from his friends and did not personally morph the photograph.
Last month, a journalist landed in trouble after he tweeted another morphed version of the same picture. The photo was touched up to make it seem that the prime minister is touching the feet of the Saudi king. The BJP filed a police complaint.