Police arrested two girls for posting against Thackeray on FB

Mumbai: Maharashtra Police’s IG(Law and Order) Deven Bharti said a probe has been ordered into whether the contents of the Facebook post constituted an offence and even if the offence was registered why were the arrests made.

Mumbai Police have arrested two girls from Palghar in Thane district for posting a Facebook comment which was questioning the bandh in Mumbai following Shiv Sena patriarch Balasaheb Thackeray’s sad demise.

The girl, who is identified as Shaheen Dhadha updated her FB status mentioning that ‘People like Thackeray are born and die daily and one should not observe a bandh for that.’ While the other girl Renu, who is friend of Shaheen, liked her status update was also arrested by the Police.

Reportedly, both the girls were booked under Section 295 (a) of the IPC (for hurting religious sentiments) and Section 64 (a) of the Information Technology Act, 2000.

Later, these girls were released on bail of Rs 15,000 each. After watching Shaheen’s status update on her FB account, Shiv Sainiks in Palghar reportedly attacked and demolished Shaheen’s orthopaedic clinic at Palghar. Shaheen, who realised her mistake, later withdrawn her comment and also apologised for the same.

But this arrest made by Press Council of India’s chief (PCI) Justice Markandey Katju has condemned this action of Mumbai Police and written a letter to Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan stating that there is a freedom of speech in our country and the arrest made by the police is totally inappropriate and absurd. Katju also demanded an immediate action against guilty officers.



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