An Urdu newspaper editor was arrested by the Mumbra police in Thane on Wednesday for reprinting a cartoon of Prophet Muhammad that was originally printed in French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.
Shireen Dalvi of the daily Awadhnama was arrested on the basis of a complaint lodged against her by Nusrat Ali at the Mumbra police station 15 days ago, after which the police registered cases against Dalvi under various provisions of the Indian Penal Code.
"We arrested the woman on Wednesday and she was produced in a Thane court and released on bail," Hindustan Times quoted a senior police officer from Mumbra police station as saying.
The delay in arrest had created tension. When no action was taken days after registering the complaint, Ali and members of the Rashtriya Ulema Council submitted another complaint to the Mumbra police station four days ago.
They threatened to stage a protest right in the vicinity of the police station if Dalvi was not arrested immediately.
Charlie Hebdo office was attacked on 7 January 2015 by two masked gunmen who shot down two policemen and 10 journalists, including four famous cartoonists of the magazine and its editor Stéphane "Charb" Charbonnier.
The attack led to protests in Paris and several other parts of the world while religious unrest was witnessed in many other parts of the world.
People in Pakistan staged anti-Charlie Hebdo protests outside the French consulate in Karachi on 16 January, leaving several injured, including a photographer of Agence France-Presse.