“We support the police action.... The comments were a misuse of the freedom of expression,” Sanjay Raut, Sena MP in the Rajya Sabha and executive editor of party mouthpiece Saamna, said.
“Young and educated people must be careful while making comments on Facebook,” he said.
He said the girls were not aware of things happening around them and the public sentiment. “There is no need for anyone to object if legal action has been taken against the girls,” he said.
The Sena did not call for any bandh. People in the city and suburbs shut everything down on their own as a mark of respect for Thackeray, the Sena leader said.
“Had we enforced a bandh, the comments would have been justified. Their [the girls] action shows they had no social awareness.” Raut went on to say that the tens of thousands of people who had gathered at Shivaji Park to witness Thackeray’s funeral were socially more aware than the girls.
Another Sena leader said it was wrong of the Sainiks to vandalise a clinic belonging to an uncle of one of the girls. “But one must keep in mind that such posts on sensitive matters can lead to violent behaviour,” he said.