Anti-Thackeray post: Girl says she'll never visit Facebook again

Tuesday, 20 November 2012 - 12:08pm IST Updated: Tuesday, 20 November 2012 - 3:43pm IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: PTI
One of the girls held for posting comments on 'Facebook' questioning the shutdown in Mumbai for Shiv Sena Chief Bal Thackeray's funeral, has deactivated her account.

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

Two girls were arrested for posting comments opposing the Mumbai shutdown. However, they were granted bail after they furnished personal bonds, police said.

The girl who posted the comment 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, she 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".

The girl 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, who was arrested for 'liking' the post, felt that she was "wrongfully" arrested.

She 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.

After the comment was posted, a mob of nearly 40 Shiv Sainiks allegedly barged into Dhada's uncle's clinic at Palghar in Thane district on Sunday and vandalised the place.

Police sources said an FIR has been registered against more than 50 people including some Shiv Sainiks who have been named in the report following the attack.

Also, 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, Maharashtra Police's IG (Law and Order) Deven Bharti said.

The arrests had sparked an outrage with Press Council of India chief Markandey Katju demanding "immediate" action against police personnel involved.

In an e-mail to the Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan, Katju warned of "legal consequences" if he failed to take action against the police personnel concerned.

Congress said a police case against the girls was "unfortunate" and hoped Maharashtra government would take remedial measures.

Telecom and IT Minister Kapil Sibal has said he was "deeply saddened" by the arrest of the two girls and that the IT Act should not be used to "throttle dissent".

Union Minister of State for IT Milind Deora said, "There is a need for an independent inquiry into the girls' arrest".


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