Indian man returns home after 600 days in Saudi jail due to FB post

An investigation by the Karnataka Police helped an Indian man

Indian man returns home after 600 days in Saudi jail due to FB post
A man has returned to India after 600 days

A man has returned to India after 600 days in a Saudi Arabian jail and the investigation by the Karnataka Police played a big role in his return. In fact, an investigation by the Karnataka Police helped an Indian man, who has been in a Saudi Arabian jail for more than 600 days, return home. Harish Bangera, 34, an air-conditioning technician, was arrested on 22 December 2019 on charges of blasphemy for making derogatory remarks about Mecca and the Saudi King on Facebook.

Later Karnataka Police investigation revealed that the derogatory posts on Facebook about Saudi King and Mecca were not made by Harish Bangla but by a fake account created by Abdul Huyez and Abdul Thuyez of Udupi district. The police had arrested both of them in October 2020. After which he admitted that he had made derogatory remarks on Facebook using Bangera's picture. Because of this investigation, the family was able to release Bangera.

Harish Bangera arrived at the Kempegowda International Airport in Bengaluru on Wednesday. Talking to our affiliate website Hindustan Times, he said that he was lodged in an 'Inquiry Jail' and was not punished because of his efforts to get his people back home. He said, 'How do I thank the people who helped me in my release? Udupi police report proved my innocence. He worked very hard after I was framed. Had it not been for the Corona era, I would have been released long ago. 

He said that although he was offered to continue working in Saudi Arabia, he wanted to return to his hometown. He said the company was following the law. That's why he asked me to surrender before the court. Once I was released, they said that I could continue with my work as I was proven innocent, but I wanted to be with my family.

Udupi police officials said that the investigation into the matter began when soon after Bangera's arrest in Saudi Arabia, the wife filed a police complaint claiming the Facebook account was fake. The official said that the Udupi police informed the Director-General of Police, Inspector General of Police Praveen Sood, and the Saudi Arabian government through the Indian Embassy in Saudi Arabia about the arrest and this resulted in his release.