Bengaluru: Home minister Araga Jnanendra informed that the Uttara Kannada SP to coordinate with the cybercrime section to identify the source of the morphed image of a Lord Shiva idol located in Murudeshwar.
The photo has been edited to replace the head of the idol with an image of an ISIS flag and carried on the cover page of “Voice of Hind”, an India-centric online propaganda magazine for ISIS. A post attributed to ISIS said “Muslims were being targeted in Tripura and the community has to take revenge by breaking False Gods (sic)”.’
The Karnataka government has strengthened security in Murudeshwar, in Uttara Kannada district.
The 123-foot statue of Lord Shiva, said to be the second-tallest in Asia, sits on a huge pedestal overlooking the town and Murudeshwar temple. The town is 10 km from Bhatkal, which is in the crosshairs of the intelligence agencies after a few youths from there expressed solidarity with ISIS.