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Chaos, stone pelting and rasta roko: Shiv Sainiks take to streets in Pune over controversial Facebook post; FIR lodged

Sunday, 1 June 2014 - 10:30am IST | Place: Pune | Agency: DNA

Angry Shiv Sainiks took to the streets in Pune around 9 pm after derogatory images of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and late Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray appeared on social media on Saturday. Sena leaders gheraoed Home Minister RR Patil who promised to speak to Facebook and Google to remove objectionable content in 24 hours.

2:00 am on Sunday, Facebook had successfully pulled down (blocked access) to the page in question and traffic in Pune resumed.

* An FIR has been registered here against an unidentified person for posting controversial pictures containing alleged derogatory references to warrior king Shivaji and Shiv Sena leader late Bal Thackeray on social networking site Facebook, police said today. Read more

READ MORE: Shiv Sena activists protest over controversial Facebook post 

 
(Bus set on fire, Saturday night, near Bhonsari area)

In the meanwhile the city saw 5 hours of chaos, stone pelting, traffic jams and rasta roko protests. The expressway and highways into and out of Pune were at a standstill. 

 

Employees from Hinjewadi, Rajiv Gandhi Information Technology Park Phase 2 have been advised to not leave office. Security guards at office entrances have been asked by the police to caution employees from leaving office premises. 

 

Several buses and private vehicles were pelted with stones in areas like Chinchwad, Katraj, Hadapsar, Bhosari and Faraskhana. Police have registered an FIR against unknown persons at Kothrud police station. The traffic on the Pune - Mumbai and Pune - Nasik highways is at a stand still. City buses too have stopped plying have been abandoned buses on deserted streets.

 

'Rasta Roko' ( block roads) marches and protests were reported to dna by citizens up to as late as 11 p.m. 

 

Maha Police said, " We have blocked the page on social media and necessary action is being taken and culprits will be dealt with strictly."

Additional Commissioner of Police , Pune said that so far only one case has been registered with the Kothrud Police Station and it will be investigated thoroughly. 

Incidents of forcibly shutting down of shops, pelting of stones and bottles on streets have also been reported by citizens. 

(First published on May 31, 2014)


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