Home Minister R.R Patil said they would take action against the police if they are indicted in a report by Sukhwinder Singh, inspector general (Konkan range) for the arrest of two girls from Palghar in connection with Facebook posts, which were critical of the general shutdown on the day when Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray was cremated.
Patil said the report by, the inspector general (Konkan range) has been submitted to DGP Sanjeev Dayal and would later be sent to the state home department and added that they were very serious about the issue.
“The report has concluded that the application of Indian Penal Code’s sections 295(a) (deliberately outraging religious sentiments) and 505(2) (statements concluding to public mischief) was unjustified. This clearly indicates that the arrest was absolutely unjustified,” said a source.
The report also slammed the local police and found them guilty of flouting clear instructions of their seniors in the Facebook case. It is being alleged that the policemen succumbed to pressure from a political party. “The report recommends administrative or departmental action against some officers which may also include a senior police officer,” added the source. Action is also expected against some police officials from the Palghar police station. The 150-page report is apparently based on statements from around 15 people.
Meanwhile, Patil also questioned the need of an agitation by Dalit leaders over the grant of the Indu mill lands by the Centre for Dalit icon Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar’s memorial as the government was positive on the issue. He also called for peace to be maintained.