Meerut, Jun 11: Ayazuddin Siddiqui, brother of Bollywood actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui, was booked for allegedly posting a derogatory picture of Lord Shiva on Facebook. An FIR was registered against Ayazuddin at Budhana Police station on Sunday after an activist of Hindu Yuva Vahini lodged a complaint.

Bharat Kumar, the complainant who convenor of BJP’s youth wing Yuva Morcha, accused Ayazuddin Siddiqui of posting an objectionable picture of Lord Shiva and demanded that police arrest him. Ayazuddin was booked under 153A of the IPC (promoting enmity between different groups on ground of religion, race, place of birth).

“Frankly, it looks like Ayazuddin had no intention of hurting anyone. He has not written anything offensive. All he did was to write something rejecting the offensive picture and post which was shared on the social networking website,” Hariram Yadav Deputy Superintendent of Police in Muzaffarnagar told a newspaper.

“He wrote something to the effect that condemned the offensive post but while writing it he also copy pasted the offensive picture which is the reason behind the HYV’s anger and complaint. It was after the HYV’s complaint that police registered an FIR against him under section 153A,” he added.

Ayazuddin Siddiqui also denied the charges and said, “A man posted a derogatory picture of Lord Shiva. I confronted him about it and wrote you shouldn’t share posts that can hurt anyone’s religious sentiments. Instead, a case was filed against me. Charges should be investigated.”

In 2016, Ayazuddin’s brother and critically-acclaimed actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui had to pull out of a Ramleela programme after members of Shiv Sena raised objection. Shiv Sena didn’t want a Muslim man to play a character in Ram Leela.