Mohammed Mehboob, a jewellery shop employee, was arrested by the 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. The original image had Modi touching the feet of senior BJP leader LK Advani.
Owaisi, known for his inflammatory speeches, is the younger brother of Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi.
Several BJP activists had complained about the post to police, following which Mehboob, a resident of Gangavati in Koppal district, was arrested on Monday.
Police said Mehboob has been booked under section 153A of the Indian Penal Code (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence and language, and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony).
The 25-year-old, however, has told the police that he did not morph the image but had found it on social media, which he later shared on his wall. He has been remanded to police custody till May 18, the police said.
Last month, a journalist had landed in trouble after a similar edited picture showed Modi touching the feet of the Saudi King Salman.
Last Updated 31, Mar 2018, 6:38 PM IST