Harish Bangera, Who Was Falsely Framed Of Posting Blasphemous Content And Languished In Saudi Jail For Nearly 2 Years, Finally Set Free

by Swarajya Staff - Aug 18, 2021 12:41 PM +05:30 IST
Harish Bangera, Who Was Falsely Framed Of Posting Blasphemous Content And Languished In Saudi Jail For Nearly 2 Years, Finally Set FreePic Via Twitter
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  • Harish Bangera, who spend two years in a Saudi jail after being accused of posting 'blasphemous' content on Mecca and Saudi Crown Prince in social media, finally walked free. Bangera flew back to Bengaluru from Dammam, Saudi Arabia on August 17.

    Following investigation based on a complaint by Bangera's wife Sumana, Udupi police in Oct 2020 arrested Abdul Huyez and Abdul Thuyez, brothers from Moodbidri, for impersonating as Bangera on social media and posting blasphemous content.

Harish Bangera, who spend two years in a Saudi jail after being accused of posting 'blasphemous' content on social media, finally walked free. Bangera flew back to Bengaluru from Dammam, Saudi Arabia on August 17.

Bangera, a resident of Beejady village near Kundapur in Udupi district, was working as an air-conditioner technician in a company in Saudi Arabia since 2014.

In Dec 2019, he was arrested by Saudi Arabia police for allegedly sharing a 'blasphemous' Facebook post on Mecca and Saudi Crown Prince. Bangera's employers terminated him from the job.

In the third week of Dec 2019, Bangera had initially shared a video related to Mangaluru riots. Subsequently, he felt that the video was unwarranted and deleted it from his Facebook account. He also posted a video apologising for his ‘unwarranted’ post. Further, he deactivated his Facebook account.

However after few hours, a new account was created in his name and incendiary content was posted. While the original social media account of Harish had his family picture on profile, the fake one which has his own photograph.

Following investigation based on a complaint by Bangera's wife Sumana, Udupi police in Oct 2020 arrested Abdul Huyez and Abdul Thuyez, brothers from Moodbidri, for impersonating as Bangera on social media and posting blasphemous content.

The police located Huyez by tracing the phone that was used to create the fake Facebook account. The phone belonged to Thuyez and the fake account was created on Dec 2019, and two days late the blasphemous post was uploaded by Huyez in Bangera's name. Soon after, Bangera was taken into custody by the Saudi police, and since then he has been languishing in the prison.

Indian Embassy, Mangaluru Association Saudi Arabia (MASA), Indian Overseas Forum and several other organisation helped secure the release of Bangera

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