Harish Banegra arrested for an anti-Islamic post on Facebook


An Indian technician named Harish Bangera working in Saudi Arabian city of Dammam has found himself in trouble over his Facebook post regarding the Muslim pilgrimage site of Mecca. Harish is a resident of Udipi, Karnataka.

On Saturday, December 21, Harish had uploaded a picture of Kaaba in Mecca with the caption that “Next Ram Temple in Mecca. Be ready for fight”. Soon, the post elicited hundreds of comments, shares and came to the notice of the Saudi authorities after a complaint was registered against Harish accusing him of blasphemy. He was arrested by the Saudi police within an hour of receiving the complaint.

Next Ram temple in Mecca

Harish posted blasphemous content on his Facebook profile. He uploaded a picture of the Holy Ka’aba with the caption “next Ram temple in Mecca, Be ready for the fight, Modi with us.”

The post drew several comments, reactions, and shares. A complaint was registered against him as soon as Saudi Authorities noticed his act.

5619 Harish Banegra arrested for an anti-Islamic post on Facebook 01

Harish was arrested

Harish was arrested in accusation for posting a blasphemous post. He was also fired from his job. His employers condemned the post and terminated him from the job as a justification for their decision. His employers clearly mentioned that his act is unacceptable at any cost.

His company made a statement

“We Gulf Carton Factory Co. want to have your attention for what happened, in relation to unethical posts, posted by Mr Harish Bangera from his personal Facebook account. It was unacceptable and we have immediately terminated Mr Harish Bangera from his duties and company contract. We condemn such activities extremely and have reported this case to Police, Ministry of Labour & Saudi authorities for their further action. We assure everyone that we have zero tolerance for such acts (sic).” The post is allegedly written by Meshari AM Al Jabr of Gulf Carton Factory Co where Harish was said to be employed.

Harish pleading for forgiveness

Harish’s wife statement

On the other side, Harish’s wife came forward saying that his husband is innocent and someone has created a fake Facebook account to implicate his husband.