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Inquiry begins into alleged Facebook comment on Bal Thackeray

Mumbai, Nov 20, 2012 (PTI)
In this Monday, Nov.19, 2012 photo, face covered Shaheen Dhada, left, and Renu Srinivas, women arrested for their Facebook posts, come out of a court in Mumbai, India, Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012. AP

The police inquiry into the arrest of two girls for a Facebook post questioning the shutdown in the city for Shiv Sena Chief Bal Thackeray's funeral began today even as 10 suspected party activists were arrested for allegedly vandalising a clinic owned by one of the girl's uncle, in neighbouring Thane district.

The inquiry headed by Inspector General (Konkan Range) Sukhvindar Singh commenced today with the officer visiting the local police station in Palghar.

Police said Singh sought details of the FIR copy and police diary after briefly speaking to officers at the police station.

The inquiry was ordered by Maharashtra government following the public outrage over the arrest of two girls for posting comments on Facebook.

Shaheen Dhada and Renu Srinivasan, both aged 21, were arrested on Monday morning over their post opposing the Mumbai shutdown, but were granted bail after they furnished personal bonds, police said.

Dhada allegedly posted that one should not observe bandh for Thackeray's funeral. "We should remember Bhagat Singh and Sukhdev," the post said. Her friend Renu was arrested for 'liking' the post.

Protesting Dhada's post, suspected Shiv Sena workers vandalised the clinic owned by Dhada's uncle Abdul, a member of the Indian Medical Association.

Palghar police arrested 10 suspected Sena activists and produced them before a local court which granted them bail on a personal bond of Rs 7500 each. "About 30 to 40 unidentified people are still wanted in the violence case. We will arrest them soon," said Srikant Pingle, Senior Inspector at Palghar police station.


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