karnataka: Karnataka: Security upped in Murudeshwar as IS posts morphed pic of Shiva idol | Bengaluru News – Times of India

KARWAR/BENGALURU: The Karnataka government has strengthened security in Murudeshwar, in Uttara Kannada district, after an online magazine of the terrorist organisation ISIS published a morphed image of a Lord Shiva idol located in the temple town, about 120 km from here.
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 Indiacentric 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)”.
Karnataka home minister Araga Jnanendra told TOI: “Since Monday evening, we have provided adequate police security for the temple and asked the Uttara Kannada SP to coordinate with the cybercrime section to identify the source of the photograph.”
The 123-foot statue of Lord Shiva, said to be the secondtallest 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.
District in-charge minister Shivaram Hebbar said the Karnataka government has taken note of the incident. Kumta BJP MLA Dinakar Shetty said, “They (ISIS and other organisations) should stay away from our religious institutions.”

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