Saudi police hold Indian ‘for insult to Kaaba’

Riyadh, Nov 22 (IANS/AKI) Saudi police arrested an Indian immigrant who allegedly disrespected Islams holy Kaaba site on Facebook, covering it with an image of Buddha, a local report said Monday.

“The region’s investigative department were able to capture and arrest a suspect, in his forties and who works in agriculture, who insulted our holy site,” said a Riyadh police spokesman cited by the Al-Arabiya TV network.

“He superimposed a picture of the Buddha on the Kaaba and posted on social media,” Al-Arabiya quoted the spokesman as adding.

Police were able to identify and arrest the unnamed Indian at a farm in Al Majmaah city in the province of Riyadh, he said.

The Kaaba, an ancient monument at the centre of the Al-Masjid al-Haram mosque in Mecca, is Islam’s most sacred place.