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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 922

Two girls arrested for FB comment on Thackeray

From R. Vasudevan—Reporting from New Delhi
New Delhi, 21 November (Asiantribune.com):

Two girls have landed in a soup for Face Book comments on the shutdown in Mumbai on Sunday following the death of Shiv Sena chief Balasaheb Thackeray.

Shiv Sena spokesman Sanjay Raut on Tuesday justified the police action against the girls . “Balasaheb’s death has been a shock to the entire nation. Sainiks showed tremendous restraint in controlling their emotions,” Raut said.

“The bandh was spontaneous and not forced by the Sena. It was because of love and respect for Balasaheb. Shiv Sainiks were naturally upset at the misuse of the social media to post provocative comments,” he added.

Meanwhile, the Maharashtra government on Tuesday said the report of inquiry, into the arrest of the two girls, is expected on Wednesday. “The inquiry has begun and will look into whether the arrests were warranted and whether the sections applied were correct. Similarly, the probe will also investigate the incident of vandalism in the aftermath,” Home Minister R. R. Patil said.

The government instituted an inquiry headed by the Konkan range IG into the matter on Monday and sought a report immediately. . Patil said it would be wrong on his part to comment on the police action when the inquiry was on. “Government has taken the incident very seriously,” he said, adding more clarity was required in the IT Act to prevent misuse.

Sainiks vandalize clinic

Nine suspected Shiv Sena workers have been arrested for allegedly vandalising a clinic in Thane district after the niece of the owner posted a comment on Facebook questioning the shutdown in the city for Shiv Sena patriarch Bal Thackeray’s funeral. Two girls-Shaheen Dhada and Renu-were arrested over their post opposing the Mumbai shutdown but were granted bail after they furnished personal bonds, police said.

“So far, we have arrested nine persons in connection with ransacking the clinic of Abdul Dhada. We are looking for some more people,” Thane Rural SP Ravindra Sengaokar said. The girls said they have apologised for the posts. Ms Dhada described Thackeray as a “great guy” whom they “truly respected”. Ms Dhada, who was arrested after she posted comments on the social networking site opposing the shutdown on Sunday when 86-year-old Thackeray was cremated, said police was polite to her and she had no complaints against any police personnel. “I have apologised for the post,” she said.

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