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Post row: Shaheen says will not visit FB, 9 held for vandalism

Mumbai, Nov 20 (PTI) 16:10 IST
In this Monday, Nov.19, 2012 photo, face covered Shaheen Dhada, left, and Renu Srinivas, Indian women arrested for their Facebook posts, come out of a court in Mumbai, India, Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012. As India's financial capital shut down for the weekend funeral of a powerful right-wing politician linked to waves of mob violence, Shaheen Dhada posted on Facebook that the closures in Mumbai were 'due to fear, not due to respect.' Renu Srinivas, a friend of hers hit the 'like' button. For that, both women were arrested. Analysts and the media are slamming the Maharashtra state government for what they said was a flagrant misuse of the law and an attempt to curb freedom of expression. (AP

One of the girls held for posting comments on 'Facebook' questioning the shutdown in the city for Shiv Sena Chief Bal Thackeray's funeral today said she will never again visit the social networking site while police arrested 9 Shiv Sainiks for vandalising her uncle's clinic.

Shaheen Dhada and Renu were arrested for posting comments opposing the Mumbai shutdown. However, they 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," SP Thane rural Ravindra Sengaokar told PTI.

Shaheen said police was polite to her and she had no complaints against any police personnel."I have apologised for the post," she said adding that whatever happened was unfair.


However, Shaheen said she would never use the social media network henceforth. She had no comments to offer on whether she had done anything wrong. She described Thackeray as a "great guy" whom she "truly respected".

Shaheen had allegedly commented on Facebook that one should not observe bandh for Thackeray's funeral. "We should remember Bhagat Singh and Sukhdev," the post said.

Her friend Renu, who was arrested for 'liking' the post, felt that she was "wrongfully" arrested.

Renu said, "I regret what I did. This should not have happened. I never dreamt that I would be in court. What we did was not a crime. Now I will think twice before posting anything on Facebook."

She further said, "The arrest was not necessary. Police treated us well. I was amazed at what was happening to me."

Their advocate Sudhir Gupta said both were arrested under section 505(2) IPC (statements creating or promoting enmity, hatred or ill-will between classes) following a police complaint lodged by a local Sena leader.

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